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Title: Online cetacean habitat modeling system for the US east coast and Gulf of Mexico
Publication Date: 2012-07-20

We describe the development of a comprehensive set of marine mammal habitat models for the US east coast and Gulf of Mexico and their delivery through an online mapping portal. Drawing from datasets in the online OBIS-SEAMAP geo-database, we integrated surveys conducted by ship (n = 36) and aircraft (n = 16), weighting a generalized additive model (GAM) by minutes surveyed within space-time grid cells to harmonize effort between the 2 survey platforms. For each of 16 cetacean species guilds, we predicted the probability of occurrence from static environmental variables (water depth, distance to shore, distance to continental shelf break) and time-varying conditions (monthly sea surface temperature). To generate maps of presence versus absence, receiver operator characteristic (ROC) curves were used to define the optimal

threshold that minimizes false positive and false negative error rates. We integrated model outputs, including tables (species in guilds, input surveys) and plots (fit of environmental variables, ROC curve), into an online spatial decision support system (SDSS), allowing for easy navigation of models by taxon, region, season, and data provider. Users can define regions of interest and extract statistical summaries of the model for that region. The SDSS also displays density models from other providers and regions (e.g. Pacific Ocean). This versatile, easy-to-use online system enables the application of these habitat models to real-world conservation and management issues. Finally, we discuss the ecological relevance of these model outputs and identify key data gaps across species, regions, and seasons.

Other Citation Details:

doi: 10.3354/esr00430

Best, B.D., Halpin, P.N., Read, A.J., Fujioka, E., Good, C.P., LaBrecque, E.A., Schick, R.S., Roberts, J.J., Hazen, L.J., Quian, S.S., Palka, D.L., Garrison, L.P. 2012.

Online cetacean habitat modeling system for the United States East Coast and Gulf of Mexico. Endangered Species Research 18:1-15.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.3354/esr00430


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Habitat
None Cetacea
None Generalized additive model
None Spatial decision support system
None Species distribution model

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Atlantic Ocean
None Gulf of Mexico

Document Information

Document Type: Journal article
Format: Acrobat Portable Document Format
Status Code: Published

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CC ID: 210418
Date Effective From: 2012
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Garrison, Lance
Address: 75 Virginia Beach Dr
Miami, FL 33149
Email Address:
Phone: 305-361-4488
Fax: 305-361-4478
Business Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST/EDT



CC ID: 210417
URL Type:
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Catalog Item ID: 26136
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