Marine habitat modelling for harbour porpoises in the German Bight

Book Chapter

Title: Marine habitat modelling for harbour porpoises in the German Bight
Publication Date:
January 01, 2014
Book Title: Ecological Research at the Offshore Windfarm Alpha Ventus: Challenges, Results and Perspectives
Chapter: 14
Pages: 151-169
Publisher: Springer
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Citation

Skov, H.; Arreborg-Hansen, D.; Ladage, F.; Schlenz, B.; Zydelis, R.; Thomsen, F. (2014). Marine habitat modelling for harbour porpoises in the German Bight. Ecological Research at the Offshore Windfarm Alpha Ventus: Challenges, Results and Perspectives (pp. 151-169). Springer.
Abstract: 

The harbour porpoise habitat modelling project aims to synthesise the data by long-term analysis and modelling of harbour porpoise distribution in the German Bight, i.e. the alpha ventus area and adjacent waters. This study uses predictive distribution models – a recent development in habitat modelling – to estimate harbour porpoise distributions in the German Bight during the summer season (June to August). The statistical models link observations from aerial surveys to oceanographic conditions and pressures. Oceanographic conditions during porpoise surveys were estimated using hydrodynamic models capable of describing patterns and dynamics of feeding habitats. As the modelling depends on the availability of coherent oceanographic and pressure data for the entire German Bight, the approach used combines hydrodynamic and noise models designed for the purpose.

 

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