Methods in Statistical Ecology

Distance Sampling: Methods and Applications

Authors: Buckland, S.T., Rexstad, E.A., Marques, T.A., Oedekoven, C.S.

  • Serves as guide for practitioners to answer the applied ecology question: what is the abundance of a given animal population
  • Includes theory for designed experiments in distance sampling
  • Has examples using R in addition to the Distance software
  • Couples case studies with accessible datasets and software to allow readers to apply methods in a variety of contexts
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About this book

In this book, the authors cover the basic methods and advances within distance sampling that are most valuable to practitioners and in ecology more broadly. This is the fourth book dedicated to distance sampling. In the decade since the last book published, there have been a number of new developments. The intervening years have also shown which advances are of most use. This self-contained book covers topics from the previous publications, while also including recent developments in method, software and application.

Distance sampling refers to a suite of methods, including line and point transect sampling, in which animal density or abundance is estimated from a sample of distances to detected individuals. The book illustrates these methods through case studies; data sets and computer code are supplied to readers through the book’s accompanying website. Some of the case studies use the software Distance, while others use R code. The book is in three parts. The first part addresses basic methods, the design of surveys, distance sampling experiments, field methods and data issues. The second part develops a range of modelling approaches for distance sampling data. The third part describes variations in the basic method; discusses special issues that arise when sampling different taxa (songbirds, seabirds, cetaceans, primates, ungulates, butterflies, and plants); considers advances to deal with failures of the key assumptions; and provides a check-list for those conducting surveys.

Reviews

“This new volume by Dr. Buckland and his colleagues at the University of St. Andrews serves as both an introduction to distance sampling for people new to the field as well as a summary of recent developments. … I recommend the book as an excellent entry into this fascinating area of estimation and research. The R code alone is worth the purchase price.” (Mark Miller, BTO British Trust for Ornithology, bto.org, January, 2016)


Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • The Basic Methods

    Buckland, S. T. (et al.)

    Pages 3-13

  • Designing Surveys

    Buckland, S. T. (et al.)

    Pages 15-28

  • Designing Distance Sampling Experiments

    Buckland, S. T. (et al.)

    Pages 29-34

  • Field Methods and Data Issues

    Buckland, S. T. (et al.)

    Pages 35-49

  • Modelling Detection Functions

    Buckland, S. T. (et al.)

    Pages 53-103

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-19219-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-19218-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Distance Sampling: Methods and Applications
Authors
Series Title
Methods in Statistical Ecology
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-19219-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-19219-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-19218-5
Series ISSN
2199-319X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 277
Number of Illustrations and Tables
56 b/w illustrations, 24 illustrations in colour
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