Welcome to the Distance project website
The Distance project provides software for the design and analysis of distance sampling surveys of wildlife populations. This software takes two forms: a Windows-based program and a suite of packages for the statistical programming language R.
Registration deadline approaching fast
We are pleased to announce the release of new versions of our R packages
mrds. The new release adds the ability to fit detection functions (CDS and MCDS) using the same optimizer used by Distance for Windows.
Registration is open for our online workshop on “Practical design and simulation to optimise distance sampling surveys”, to be taught from 28th - 31st August 2023.
Accepting widening participation scholarship applications now; General registration open 23 May 2023
Accepting widening participation scholarship applications now closed
We would like to make you aware that our design and simulation packages (
dsims) are temporarily only available from our development repository on github. Please follow link for instructions on installing them.
We are pleased to announce the imminent release of new versions of our R packages
mrds. The information below will be particularly relevant to users of dht2. We recommend all users of these packages update to the newest versions.
Registration is now open; closing on 30 November 2022
We are pleased to announce the release of a new version of Distance for Windows, Distance 7.5. This version upgrades to use 64 bit R and also contains new versions of our R packages which are also now on CRAN.
Registration is now open for our autumn online training workshops, on camera trap distance sampling, methods for when animals are missed on the trackline, and design and simulation.