Document details for 'Modelling observer effort in spatio-temporal modelling of Tanzanian bird data'

Authors Brewer, M.J., Beale, C.M., Baker, N.E. and Lennon, J.J.
Publication details In "International Workshop on Spatio-Temporal Modelling (METMAV)", 38-41. Unidixital, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Publisher details Unidixital, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Keywords Bayesian analysis; species distribution; detection probability

The Tanzania Bird Atlas project has been documenting the distribution of birds in Tanzania at a half-degree resolution since 1960. Although spatial and temporal coverage during this time is variable, the project maintains a record of observer effort. We study the data set with a Bayesian spatial hierarchical model which accounts for observer effort and includes covariates on habitat and climate via smooth functions. The results for a range of savannah birds show relationships with climate variables and highlight the importance of protected area status in Tanzania.

ISBN 978-84-934272-8-3
Last updated 2011-01-21
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