The application of geostatistics to fisheries survey data is now a well accepted method of estimating fish stock abundances and its precision. However, geostatistics are still not routinely used and there is a need for training in appropriate methods and software. In 2011, the ICES Working Group on Fisheries Acoustic Science and Technology (WGFAST) recommended that an ICES course was developed in cross cutting methodologies of geostatistics to support scientists in research and monitoring topics such as acoustic, icthyoplankton and bottom trawl surveys. To fulfil the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MFSD) member states are obliged to monitor the state of their shelf sea ecosystems. Geostatistical methods to characterize spatial distributions of species and habitats and to produce maps from surveys series are keys to identify changes over time.
The objective of the course is to provide a thorough grounding in the use of geostatistical methods to analyse spatially geo-referenced survey data. Students will be guided through the different steps of geostatistical analyses based on case studies.
The course is mainly targeted at individuals who are new to geostatistical methods. However, examples of advanced methods are given to benefit researchers already familiar with geostatistical method who wish to further improving their skills and understanding.
Pierre Petitgas, IRFEMER, France
750 Euro for ICES member country affiliated participants
1250 Euro for non-member country affiliated participants