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The challenges of analyzing behavioral response study data: an overview of the MOCHA (Multi-study OCean Acoustics Human Effects Analysis) project
Harris, C.M.; Thomas, L.; Sadykova, D.; DeRuiter, S.L.; Tyack, P.L.; Southall, B.L.; Read, A.J.; Miller, P.J.O. (2016). The challenges of analyzing behavioral response study data: an overview of the MOCHA (Multi-study OCean Acoustics Human Effects Analysis) project, in: Popper, A.N. et al. (Ed.) The effects of noise on aquatic life II. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 875: pp. 399-407. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_47
In: Popper, A.N.; Hawkins, A. (Ed.) (2016). The effects of noise on aquatic life II. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 875. Springer Science+Business Media, Inc: New York. ISBN 978-1-4939-2980-1. xxx, 1292 pp., more
In: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Springer: Berlin. ISSN 0065-2598, more
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Keywords
    Sonar; Marine
Author keywords
    Cetaceans; Change-point; Dose–response; State-space modelling

Authors  Top 
  • Harris, C.M.
  • Thomas, L.
  • Sadykova, D.
  • DeRuiter, S.L.
  • Tyack, P.L.
  • Southall, B.L.
  • Read, A.J., more
  • Miller, P.J.O.

Abstract
    This paper describes the MOCHA project which aims to develop novel approaches for the analysis of data collected during Behavioral Response Studies (BRSs). BRSs are experiments aimed at directly quantifying the effects of controlled dosages of natural or anthropogenic stimuli (typically sound) on marine mammal behavior. These experiments typically result in low sample size, relative to variability, and so we are looking at a number of studies in combination to maximize the gain from each one. We describe a suite of analytical tools applied to BRS data on beaked whales, including a simulation study aimed at informing future experimental design.

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