Relating gray whale abundance to environmental variables

dc.contributor.authorGarside, Chelsea Faye
dc.contributor.supervisorDuffus, David Allan
dc.date.accessioned2009-07-16T15:08:56Z
dc.date.available2009-07-16T15:08:56Z
dc.date.copyright2009en
dc.date.issued2009-07-16T15:08:56Z
dc.degree.departmentDept. of Geographyen
dc.degree.levelMaster of Science M.Sc.en
dc.description.abstractThe abundance of gray whales along the coast of Flores Island, BC, varies on an annual basis. This thesis searches for a relationship between gray whale abundance in this area and environmental forcing factors. Regression analysis was used to search for relationships, using gray whale abundance as the dependent variable and sea-surface temperature, salinity, wind speed, upwelling indices and hours of bright sunlight. Independent variables were also lagged against gray whale abundance to search for time lags between variables. When combine in a multiple regression model, wind speed and upwelling lagged two years explained 89.6% (p = 0.004) of the variance in gray whale abundance. A possible pathway for this relationship may exist through local kelp populations, which have the ability to affect gray whale prey abundance.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/1456
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsAvailable to the World Wide Weben
dc.subjectgray whaleen
dc.subjectenvironmental variableen
dc.subjectupwellingen
dc.subjectwind speeden
dc.subjectregression analysisen
dc.subject.lcshUVic Subject Index::Sciences and Engineering::Earth and Ocean Sciencesen
dc.titleRelating gray whale abundance to environmental variablesen
dc.typeThesisen

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