Introduction to Distance Sampling: Estimating Abundance of Biological Populations

Paperback | July 15, 2001

byStephen Terrence Buckland, David R. Anderson, Kenneth Paul Burnham

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This book introduces the suite of techniques known as 'distance sampling', so-called because the common theme is the sampling of distances of objects from a line or point. The objects are usually animals or groups of animals ('clusters'), and the primary aim is to estimate their density orabundance in a survey area. In line transect sampling, the sampled distances are the shortest or perpendicular distance from a detected object to the line. It is the most widely used method for assessing the abundance of a wide range of terrestrial and marine animals. In point transect sampling,distances of detected objects from the sampled points are recorded. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to both techniques, and also describes several related techniques.'Introduction to Distance Sampling' updates the 1993 book 'Distance Sampling', which was the first, and until now, only book devoted to the topic. The book is aimed at quantitative biologists and wildlife managers, and statisticians involved in wildlife monitoring programmes. Of particularsignificance in this update is the chapter on study design and field methods, which has been extensively rewritten and extended. New technologies such as laser range finders, theodolites and the Geographical Positioning System (GPS) are discussed, and advice is given on a wide range of surveymethods. Analysis methods have also been generalized, through the use of various types of multiplier. Many exercises have been introduced, to make the book more useful to graduate students in wildlife and conservation management.

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This book introduces the suite of techniques known as 'distance sampling', so-called because the common theme is the sampling of distances of objects from a line or point. The objects are usually animals or groups of animals ('clusters'), and the primary aim is to estimate their density orabundance in a survey area. In line transect ...

Steven Terrence Buckland is at University of St. Andrews, Scotland. David R. Anderson is at Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Colorado, USA.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:July 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198509278

ISBN - 13:9780198509271

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Table of Contents

1. Introductory concepts2. Assumptions and modelling philosophy3. Statistical theory4. Line transects5. Point transects6. Related methods7. Study design and field methods8. Illustrative examples

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"This text, an update of the 1993 book, Distance Sampling, provides a wide range of statistical methods to estimate the density or abundance of biological populations. The updated text features an extensive revision of the chapter on study design and field methods, and discussions of newtechnologies such as laser range finders, theodolites, and the Geographical Positioning System. It serves as a reference text for quantitative biologists, wildlife managers and statisticians involved in wildlife monitoring programs, as well as a text for graduate students in wildlife andconservation management. The six authors, from Scotland and the U.S., are specialists in this field."--SciTech Book News