The Challenges of Analyzing Behavioral Response Study Data: An Overview of the MOCHA (Multi-study OCean Acoustics Human Effects Analysis) Project.

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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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Cited Authors

  • Harris, CM; Thomas, L; Sadykova, D; DeRuiter, SL; Tyack, PL; Southall, BL; Read, AJ; Miller, PJO

Published Date

  • January 2016

Volume / Issue

  • 875 /

Start / End Page

  • 399 - 407

PubMed ID

  • 26610984

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_47