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Estimation of Wind Farm Mortality: Development of Super Population Approach to Estimate Cumulative Mortality from Carcass Surveys Accounting for Carcass Removal and Non-Detection


August 2011 - September 2016


This project will have two phases and will lead to publications on the design and analysis of studies to estimated wind turbine mortality of avian species, and a guidelines document for the wind power community on conducting this post-construction monitoring.

1) Development of statistical methodology for providing robust estimates of wind turbine mortality, as well as designs for properly collecting mortality data.

Expected results:
Publications on the statistical methodology and study designs we develop

2) Test the developed methodology and study design in the field.

Expected results:
i) A guidelines document for conducting and analyzing data from studies of avian mortality at wind farms.
ii) Possible publications on the number or pattern of avian mortality at existing wind farms.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 240

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 52

University Staff: 245

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 702

Scientific Publications: 1948

Presentations: 4253



Funding Agencies

  • US Geological Survey - CRU


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey