Assessing Changing Baleen Whale Distributions Relative to Human Pressure
I will be addressing these gaps by determining the space and time distributions of baleen whales in the NWA relative to vessel activity to assess vessel strike risk, using observation data, GIS technology, and statistical modelling. In addition, I will be predicting the distributions of the baleen whales under climate change conditions using a high-resolution spatiotemporal point process model. This work aims to determine present and future aggregations of whales, habitat usage, and hotspots of interaction with vessels. Lastly, I will evaluate the effectiveness of the current management strategies that are in place to protect baleen whales from vessel strikes, based on the results found, and ultimately determine if they need reassessment to best conserve threatened whale species.
From this project, we will be able to better predict NWA baleen whale distribution with regard to human interaction and environmental change, which will strengthen the scientific basis for more targeted protection measures.
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Dr. Boris Worm (Dalhousie University) Canada
TYPE/STATUS OF PROJECT
Scientific research (In progress)