We are pleased to announce the release of our report “Guide to Population Models used in Marine Mammal Impact Assessment” produced for JNCC in collaboration with Dave Thompson at SMRU.

As environmental impact assessments for marine mammals become more complex, there is an increasing need for population modelling to assess the population level consequences of potential impacts. There are several different types of models available that have been used in Environmental Statements and Habitats Regulations Appraisals. The variety and complexity of these models can be difficult for a non-specialist to understand. Therefore, we produced this easy guide to population models which can be used as a reference guide by the SNCBs and practitioners dealing with assessments. It is also intended for SNCB marine mammal specialists to use as a resource to inform approaches to decision making and planning and carrying out strategic level assessments. The guide gives an overview of the main types of population models, explores example models in more detail and comments on recent developments and future directions in population modelling.

If you are interested in reading a more detailed comparison of some of the models covered, here is a link to one of our previous reports: Comparison of the iPCoD and DEPONS models