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Statistical Assessment of Cetacean Stranding Events in Cape Cod Area
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Author and Affiliation:
Zellar, R.(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Pulkkinen, A.(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Moore, K.(International Fund for Animal Welfare, Inc., Yarmouth Port, MA, United States)
Reeb, D.(Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Washington, DC, United States)
Karakoylu, E.(Science Applications International Corp., Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Uritskaya, O.(Catholic Univ. of America, Washington, DC, United States)
Abstract: Cetacean (whales, dolphins and porpoises) mass strandings are a longstanding mystery in the field of marine biology that continue to be recorded in coastal environments around the world. For each of these events, anywhere from a few to several hundred otherwise healthy animals strand in onshore environments, often for no apparent reason. While the causes of these events remain unclear, anthropogenic and naturogenic mechanisms have been suggested. We present results of an inter-disciplinary study that draws expertise from space weather, marine mammal biology and ecology, and marine mammal stranding response. This study assessed 16 years of cetacean stranding events in the Cape Cod (Massachusetts, USA) area concurrently with a large dataset of meteorological, geophysical, biological, oceanographic and space weather data to produce inferences about possible causes for these unexplained events.
Publication Date: Dec 11, 2017
Document ID:
20170012336
(Acquired Jan 03, 2018)
Subject Category: LIFE SCIENCES (GENERAL)
Report/Patent Number: GSFC-E-DAA-TN49142
Document Type: Oral/Visual Presentation
Meeting Information: American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2017; 11-15 Dec. 2017; New Orleans, LA; United States
Meeting Sponsor: American Geophysical Union; Washington, DC, United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NNG14HZ03C; NNG11PL10A
Financial Sponsor: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Greenbelt, MD, United States
Organization Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Greenbelt, MD, United States
Description: 5p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Use by or on behalf of the U.S. Government permitted
NASA Terms: DOLPHINS; MARINE BIOLOGY; OCEANOGRAPHIC PARAMETERS; PORPOISES; WHALES; MARINE MAMMALS; ECOLOGY; COASTS; SPACE WEATHER
Other Descriptors: MASS STRANDING; DOLPHI
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