Distance sampling is a survey method used to estimate the size and density of wildlife populations. This free course provides an introduction to distance sampling concepts, survey design, field methods and data analysis.

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The content of the free course is divided into sections. Each section focuses upon an aspect of distance sampling and can be completed in several hours.

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