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Value units kernel density?

Question asked by saskia.martin on Oct 22, 2018
Latest reply on Oct 22, 2018 by Dan_Patterson

I am trying to display the coordinates I collected of sperm whales I found during my research in Northern Norway, using the kernel tool to show the density within the area. General info: total amount of whales found 141, so 141 different coordinates, output cell size is 50 and area units default, so square kilometers. 

The values I get from the kernel density are now between 0 - 2.7. Does that mean a maximum of 2.7 sperm whales per km² were found (so the highest aggregation on the map)? When I zoom in closer to the area where most whales were found, so between 2.4 - 2.7 according to the values, I count 5 individuals?


I read through earlier posts and other websites but couldn't find the answer I am looking for.