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© 2015

Distance Sampling: Methods and Applications

Book

Part of the Methods in Statistical Ecology book series (MISE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction, Survey Design and Field Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. S. T. Buckland, E. A. Rexstad, T. A. Marques, C. S. Oedekoven
      Pages 3-13
    3. S. T. Buckland, E. A. Rexstad, T. A. Marques, C. S. Oedekoven
      Pages 15-28
    4. S. T. Buckland, E. A. Rexstad, T. A. Marques, C. S. Oedekoven
      Pages 29-34
    5. S. T. Buckland, E. A. Rexstad, T. A. Marques, C. S. Oedekoven
      Pages 35-49
  3. Design-Based and Model-Based Methods for Distance Sampling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. S. T. Buckland, E. A. Rexstad, T. A. Marques, C. S. Oedekoven
      Pages 53-103
    3. S. T. Buckland, E. A. Rexstad, T. A. Marques, C. S. Oedekoven
      Pages 105-126
    4. S. T. Buckland, E. A. Rexstad, T. A. Marques, C. S. Oedekoven
      Pages 127-140
    5. S. T. Buckland, E. A. Rexstad, T. A. Marques, C. S. Oedekoven
      Pages 141-163
  4. Distance Sampling Variations, Special Issues and Assumptions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. S. T. Buckland, E. A. Rexstad, T. A. Marques, C. S. Oedekoven
      Pages 167-199
    3. S. T. Buckland, E. A. Rexstad, T. A. Marques, C. S. Oedekoven
      Pages 201-229
    4. S. T. Buckland, E. A. Rexstad, T. A. Marques, C. S. Oedekoven
      Pages 231-252
    5. S. T. Buckland, E. A. Rexstad, T. A. Marques, C. S. Oedekoven
      Pages 253-261
  5. S. T. Buckland, E. A. Rexstad, T. A. Marques, C. S. Oedekoven
    Pages E1-E1
  6. S. T. Buckland, E. A. Rexstad, T. A. Marques, C. S. Oedekoven
    Pages E3-E4
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 263-277

About this book

Introduction

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.  

Keywords

Animal abundance Animal populations Capture-recapture Distance sampling Distance software Population density R software Survey design

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.CREEM The ObservatoryUniversity of St. AndrewsSt. AndrewsUK

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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)