Large Scale Density Estimation of Blue and Fin Whales (LSD)
Pennsylvania State University State College United States
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Effective management and mitigation of marine mammals in response to potentially negative interactions with human activity requires knowledge of how many animals are present in an area during a specific time period. Many marine mammal species are relatively hard to sight, making standard visual methods of density estimation difficult and expensive to implement however many of these same species produce vocalizations that are relatively easy to hear, making density estimation from passive acoustic monitoring data an attractive, cost-effective alternative.