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Webinar: eSDM: Creating ensembles of predictions from species distribution models
Wednesday, 04 December 2019, 12:00
Wednesday, December 4, 2019. 12:00PM. Webinar: eSDM: Creating ensembles of predictions from species distribution models. Samuel Woodman, NOAA SWFSC. Sponsored by NOAA’s National Ocean Service Seminar. More information here.
Species distribution modeling (SDM) in dynamic marine environments has enhanced our ecological understanding and ability to assess potential impacts to species of conservation concern at finer spatial scales than traditional methods. However,different data sets or analytical approaches often yield different modeled results, creating uncertainty and challenges in the decision-making process.For example, there are currently multiple SDMs for blue whales off the U.S.West Coast, and assessing spatial distribution shifts using these models is challenging because they predict absolute density, relative density, or probability of occurrence at varying spatial resolutions. One solution is ‘ensemble averaging', where the outputs of multiple models are combined using a weighted or unweighted average. Such ensemble models are often more robust than individual models. We present eSDM, an R package with a built-in graphical user interface, and as well as an example analysis using eSDM to create an ensemble of the three blue whale models. eSDM allows users to create ensembles of SDMpredictions made at different spatial scales, using different data sources, and with different numerical scales to better evaluate spatial uncertainties and make informed conservation and management decisions.