6EV328 Population monitoring using Distance sampling


Learning outcomes


A candidate with fulfilled qualifications will have the following learning outcome:


  • The student knows the applications and limitations of the distance sampling method.


  • The student can design and apply a wildlife monitoring study based on distance sampling. The student is able to process distance sampling data and to interpret and report the results.

General competence

The student has a good understanding of the concepts underlying the monitoring of wildlife populations.


Course content


The course starts with an introduction to wildlife population assessment methods, and shows how distance sampling builds upon and generalizes sample count methods. The course includes a field exercice and covers topics ranging from survey design to data analysis, moving from simple approaches to more complex cases (eg clustering of animals, heterogeneity of detection etc.)

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Teaching and working methods


Lectures and exercises (mostly in class) to analyse real and simulated data. Half a day in the beginning of the course will be devoted to a field exercise to collect real data.

Obligatoriske krav som må være godkjent før eksamen kan avlegges

Coursework requirements

Participation in all exercises




Final report.

Grading according to ECTS-system on scale A-E for passed and F for failed.