Beaked Whale Habitat Characterization
Final rept. 29 May 2001-30 Sep 2003
NAVAL UNDERSEA WARFARE CENTER DIV NEWPORT RI
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The object of this proposal was to characterize known beaked whale habitat and create a predictive beaked whale habitat model the Gulf of Mexico and east coast of the United States using available beaked whale sighting data in combination with bathymetry and remotely sensed oceanographic data. To accomplish this objective, three specific tasks were required to establish a sighting and stranding database in a Geographic Information System GIS framework, create a database of oceanographic data on a corresponding spatial and temporal scale, and createoptimize a spatial statistical model for predicting beaked whale presence and absence.