CWW is running a pre-confernece workshop on Monday 26 August at CodeBase, Stirling. During the all-day workshop, attendees will gain hands-on experience using GenEst. GenEst is a newly released software for estimating mortality at wind and solar facilities. You can download the software and user guide at https://www.usgs.gov/software/genest-a-generalized-estimator-mortality.
Daniel Dalthorp, the lead author of the GenEst software and a statistician for U.S. Geological Survey, will lead the workshop. During the workshop, Dalthorp and other instructors will compare GenEst to currently available estimators and talk about the parameters needed for mortality estimation. They will also discuss optimal field methods to determine search area, search schedule, persistence patterns and efficiency of searchers. Basic knowledge of mortality estimation is helpful, but the workshop will cover a variety of topics, including:
- Introduction to estimating fatality
- Hands-on training with the GenEst software
- Interpreting proposals and reports
- Comparing common and rare fatality events
This workshop will help individuals plan projects, implement field methods, interpret reports, and better understand wildlife and wind energy issues. Participants can work in groups or individually, inputting simulated data or their own dataset.
Anyone who is interested in mortality estimation, especially at wind and solar energy sites, can register for the workshop. You do not need to be a CWW 2019 delegate to attend. The cost of the workshop is £40. Please note that this price does not include lunch, but there are plenty of local places to eat close to CodeBase.