RadarCam & RadarEdit

Bird Course Tracking by Radar: a Software Package for Radar Ornithology

The Investigation of bird courses plays a major role at assessments of environmental effects. In the approval phase of offshore wind farms a one year preliminary investigation of bird course with radar equipment is mandatory as well as the continuation of the recording at the stage of construction and operation. RadarCam & RadarEdit gives the possibility to fulfil the requirements of the authority.

RadarCam
a configurable image data logger used for recording, integration and storage of radar images

RadarEdit
a specialized editor for the interrogation of bird path records, generating tables supporting databases. The editor is running under MS-Windows (XP/WIN7)

RadarCam

allows the image recording, integration and the comfortable configuration of these features. The recording software runs under the operation system Windows.

  • Recording of horizontal and vertical radar images
  • Single image capture in an arbitrary time periods (1 up to x seconds)
  • Online integration of the single images (e.g. 10 minutes)
  • Calibration capabilities
  • Parallel recording of GPS coordinates
  • Archiving of all data with date and exact time stamps, GPS coordinates, etc.

For recording bird paths, there is the possibility of using two radar devices at the same time, one for the horizontal and one for the vertical direction. This is often predetermined by the public authorities in the process of approval for offshore wind farms.

RadarEdit

supports the comfortable analysis of recorded images under MS-Windows via an interactive editor. The editor runs independently of RadarCam ad is available separately.

  • Setting markers for individual birds and flocks
  • Recording of positions, quantity, tracking direction, etc.
  • Automatic estimation of tracking speeds
  • Direct adoption of automatically generated tables into MS-Excel
  • Overlay of freely definable grids of heights or rings of constant distance
  • Calibration procedure to get rid of typically image deformations (using photo or video cameras for recording radar signals often causes strong geometry deformations in the resulting images)
Red arrows are tracking vectors.
Red arrows are tracking vectors.

The Radar-Software can be installed on any Windows-PC, or be delivered completely configured if requested. The video-grabber-boxes, to be connected to the radar device are specified for different ports (VGA, HDMI, DVI). Alternatively, the radar screens can be recorded by video cameras.

The system can be installed for mobile use on a ship as well as for stationary use in a wind farm. In mobile maritime operation the current position given by a GPS can be recorded in parallel with the radar images.

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