Expert elicitation of population-level effects of disturbance

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Edited by: Arthur N. Popper and Anthony Hawkins



Expert elicitation is a rigorous method for synthesizing expert knowledge to inform decision making and is reliable and practical when field data are limited. We evaluated the feasibility of applying expert elicitation to estimate population-level effects of disturbance on marine mammals. Diverse experts estimated parameters related to mortality and sublethal injury of North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis). We are now eliciting expert knowledge on the movement of right whales among geographic regions to parameterize a spatial model of health. Expert elicitation complements methods such as simulation models or extrapolations from other species, sometimes with greater accuracy and less uncertainty.

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Expert elicitation of population-level effects of disturbance
DOI 10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_35
Volume 875
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 8 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title The effects of noise on aquatic life II
First page 295
Last page 302
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