Designing detection experiments: three more case studies

Cindy E Hauser, John Weiss, Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita, Michael A. McCarthy, Katherine M. Giljohan, Joslin Moore

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Detection experiments are designed to reveal which kinds of targets are likely to be detected and left undetected during environmental surveys. These experiments can help plan surveys and reliably interpret survey data. In this paper we outline the designs of three detection experiments. The first evaluates UAVs and human inspectors for detecting a simulated disease in a vineyard. The second and third experiments are two phases in the evaluation of dogs trained to detect the scent of hawkweeds. The experiments illustrate a variety of approaches, each selected to serve the management objectives, priorities, knowledge and resources available in that program at the time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th Australasian Weeds Conference
EditorsRod Randall, Sandy Lloyd, Catherine Borger
Place of PublicationPerth WA Australia
PublisherWeeds Society of Western Australia
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780646960319
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventAustralasian Weeds Conference (AWC) 2016 - Pan Pacific Hotel, Perth, Australia
Duration: 11 Sept 201615 Sept 2016
Conference number: 20th


ConferenceAustralasian Weeds Conference (AWC) 2016
Abbreviated titleAWC 2016
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  • Surveys
  • experimental design
  • plant disease
  • weed management
  • detection dog
  • unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
  • Hieracium species

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