Utility and design of aerial surveys for sirenians

Reynolds, John E., Morales-Vela, Benjamin, Lawler, Ivan, and Edwards, Holly H. (2012) Utility and design of aerial surveys for sirenians. In: Hines, Ellen M., Reynolds III, John E., Aragones, Lemnuel V., Mignucci-Giannoni, Antonio A., and Marmontel, Miriam, (eds.) Sirenian Conservation. University Press of Florida, Florida, USA, pp. 186-195.

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[Extract] Aerial surveys have been used as a tool to assess aspects of sirenian biology for three decades. Although aerial surveys can be a useful method of assessing sirenian population distribution and abundance, they can be logistically difficult and expensive and may not always be the appropriate method. Budget and the availability of reliable aircraft, skilled pilots, and trained staff must be considered before deciding to use aerial surveys. Equally important is the feasibility of detecting an animal from an aircraft, especially if habitat characteristics conceal animals. Aerial survey practitioners have learned a number of lessons over the years. Here we provide an overview to help others decide whether they should adopt aerial survey as a technique and if so, how best to ensure that he surveys meet their objectives.

Item ID: 24834
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-8130-3761-5
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2013 23:24
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060207 Population Ecology @ 33%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 33%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0608 Zoology > 060809 Vertebrate Biology @ 34%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 33%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960805 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales @ 33%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 34%
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