Journal article

Agent-based Bayesian approach to monitoring the progress of invasive species eradication programs.

Jonathan M Keith, Daniel Spring

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A | Published : 2013

Abstract

Eradication of an invasive species can provide significant environmental, economic, and social benefits, but eradication programs often fail. Constant and careful monitoring improves the chance of success, but an invasion may seem to be in decline even when it is expanding in abundance or spatial extent. Determining whether an invasion is in decline is a challenging inference problem for two reasons. First, it is typically infeasible to regularly survey the entire infested region owing to high cost. Second, surveillance methods are imperfect and fail to detect some individuals. These two factors also make it difficult to determine why an eradication program is failing. Agent-based methods en..

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