Abundance: Population size and density estimation

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Edited by: Abdel H. El-Shaarawi and Walter W. Piegorsch



Estimates of population size (total number of individuals) or density (number of individuals per unit area) are some of the most basic requirements for wildlife research and management. This article provides a brief overview of approaches for wildlife population estimation. These include habitat‐based approaches such as quadrat, line intercept, distance, and repeated count methods, as well as animal‐based approaches such as capture–recapture and harvest methods. In contrast to methods that only index changes in these parameters, estimates of size or density must account for the probability that an individual will be included in the sample used for estimation. The essential differences in the approaches are in how the samples are obtained and how the sampling probabilities are estimated.

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Abundance: Population size and density estimation
ISBN 9780471899976
DOI 10.1002/9780470057339.vaa002.pub2
Volume 2
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Publisher location New York, NY
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center
Description 8 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Encyclopedia of environmetrics
First page 4
Last page 11
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