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Document Type: Journal Article
Center: NWFSC
Document ID: 4213
Title: Applying time series models with spatial correlation to identify the scale of variation in habitat metrics related to threatened coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) in the Pacific Northwest
Author: Eric Ward, G. R. Pess, Kara Anlauf-Dunn, Chris E. Jordan
Publication Year: 2012
Journal: Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Volume: 69
Issue: 11
Pages: 1773-1782
Keywords: spatio-termporal, state-space, hierarchical, Bayesian, habitat, coho salmon, spatial scale,

Trend analyses are common in the analysis of fisheries data, yet the majority of them ignore either observation error or spatial correlation.  In this analysis, we applied a novel hierarchical Bayesian state–space time series model with spatial correlation to a 12–year data set of habitat variables related to coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) in coastal Oregon, USA.  This model allowed us to estimate the degree of spatial correlation separately for each habitat variable and the importance of observation error relative to environmental stochasticity.  This framework allows us to identify variables that would benefit from additional sampling and variables where sampling could be reduced.  Of the eight variables included in our analysis, we found three metrics related to habitat quality correlated at large spatial scales (gradient, fine sediment, shade cover).  Variables with higher observation error (pools, active channel width, fine sediment) could be made more precise with more repeat visits.  Our spatio–temporal model is flexible and extendable to virtually any spatially explicit monitoring data set, even with large amounts of missing data and no repeated observations.  Potential extensions include fisheries catch data, abiotic indicators, invasive species, or species of conservation concern. 

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