Definitions for transecttrænˈsɛkt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to cut across; dissect transversely.
Origin of transect:
1625–35; tran (s )- + L sectus
a path along which a researcher moves, counts and records his observations
to divide something by cutting transversely
A transect is a path along which one counts and records occurrences of the phenomena of study. It requires an observer to move along a fixed path and to count occurrences along the path and, at the same time, obtain the distance of the object from the path. This results in an estimate of the area covered and an estimate of the way in which detectability increases from probability 0 towards 1. Using the raw count and this probability function, one can arrive at an estimate of the actual density of objects. The estimation of the abundance of populations can be achieved using a number of different types of transect methods, such as strip transects, line transects, belt transects, point transects and curved line transects. New Urbanist town planners use the term transect to refer to the continuum of land uses from an urban core to a rural boundary. General New Urban transect classifications are: urban core, urban centre, general urban, suburban, rural, and natural.
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