Analysing line transect data three times

# Chapter 1 - Introduction

This chapter introduces the basic concepts of distance sampling via lecture. It also offers you the chance to sharpen your distance sampling skills with a pencil-and-paper exercise. You are also introduced to the distance sampling software, **Distance**, to analyse ducknest data.

You should give a thorough read of the preparation for course page, if you have not yet done so. This gives an overview of how to work with the material presented on this, and following pages.

##### Introduction to distance sampling

##### Ducknest density analysis (manually)

- Exercise description
- Exercise instructions
- Narrative solution to manual ducknest analysis
- Exercise solution

##### Types of distance sampling

##### Choosing a detection function

##### Additional mathematical ways to think about line transects

##### Further manual calculations with ducknest data

- Exercise description
- Exercise instructions
- Narrative solution to additional ducknest calculations
- Exercise solution

##### Introduction to Distance software

##### Ducknest analysis using Distance software

- Exercise description
- Exercise instructions
- Monte Vista Refuge ducknests Distance project zip file

- Narrative solution to computer analysis of duck nests
- Exercise solution