Estimating seal pup production in the Greenland Sea by using Bayesian hierarchical modelling

  title={Estimating seal pup production in the Greenland Sea by using Bayesian hierarchical modelling},
  author={Martin Jullum and Thordis Linda Thorarinsdottir and Fabian E. Bachl},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series C (Applied Statistics)},
The Greenland Sea is an important breeding ground for harp and hooded seals. Estimates of annual seal pup production are critical factors in the estimation of abundance that is needed for management of the species. These estimates are usually based on counts from aerial photographic surveys. However, only a minor part of the whelping region can be photographed, because of its large extent. To estimate total seal pup production, we propose a Bayesian hierarchical modelling approach motivated by… 
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