Cetacean observation from the 2014 Pilot Survey Cetacean Sightings

This dataset is a point shapefile of cetacean observations in a sample of areas around the Falkland Islands' inshore waters from a pilot study by Falklands Conservation (Thomsen 2014) (FK-FC-607). Information on fields included in this dataset are in the accompanying file, 'Whale Sighting Data Field Descriptions.xlsx'. More information on how this information was gathered can be found in: Thomsen I (2014) Results from the pilot line transect survey for inshore cetaceans in the Falkland Islands and designing a full Falkland Island line transect survey for inshore cetaceans. Falklands Conservation, Stanley, Falkland Islands. Data were extracted and evaluated by V. Frans for Darwin Plus- funded project, 'Marine Spatial Planning for the Falkland Islands' (July 2014-July 2016), and the Falkland Islands Environmental Studies Budget project, 'Mapping whale distribution around the Falkland Islands using best available knowledge'.

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Last Updated December 21, 2020, 10:04 (PST)
Created January 30, 2020, 05:21 (PST)
Region Falkland Islands
Language eng
Topic Category Biota; flora and/or fauna in natural environment
Temporal Extent Start 2014-01-01
Temporal Extent End 2014-12-31
Dataset Reference Date 2014
Lineage A 10-day inshore line-transect survey was conducted by Falklands Conservation in 2014 (Thomsen 2014). The positions were recorded with a precision of approximately 0.3 km. An Access database of raw data from the fieldwork was provided and all GPS coordinates, the species name, date, minimum, maximum and mean count, and observation platform were exctracted for each sighting. Each sighting was then assigned a reliability rank, based on the confidence in the sighting, as indicated by notes within the records. Information on the data fields and categories are described in 'Whale Sighting Data Field Descriptions.xlsx'. More information on how the sightings were ranked can be found in Frans and Auge 2016, in prep.)
West Longitude 254632.04
South Latitude 4195036.61
East Longitude 376280.33
North Latitude 4325051.61
Spatial Reference System UTM 21S WGS84
Responsible Organisation Name Hidden (personal data protection)
Contact Mail Address Hidden (personal data protection)
Responsible Party Role Hidden (personal data protection)
Access Limitations Open access
Use Constraints Open, but copyright and/or Intellectual Property Rights apply
Resource Reference Cite data source as: Veronica F. Frans, Amelie A. Auge. Use of local ecological knowledge to investigate endangered baleen whale recovery in the Falkland Islands, Biological Conservation 202 (2016) 127-137
Data Format excel, shape
Update Frequency not planned
Accuracy Approximately 0.3 kilometres
Resource Type Dataset
Original Title Hidden (internal use only)
Metadata Date 2016-03-19
Metadata Point of Contact datamanager@saeri.ac.fk
Contact Consent Contact details hidden
Unique Resource ID FK-SAERI-263

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