Aviscan Radars

Pterocles senegallus, Route d'Awserd (Morocco) - Photo : X. Rufray, Biotope.

Aviscan Radars

Detection, identification and monitoring of avifauna (birds and bats)

The Aviscan radars have the best cost efficiency /performance of the European market and are developed in partnership with the Institute of Electronics of the South (IES), Gerard Garnier and OSEO.

Aviscan 3D, currently in development of the third generation version, allows the analysis of three dimensional monitoring. This entails information on the position, on the displacement and of the altitude that can be captured on a single image. The most significant enhancement will concern the simultaneous or semi-automated identification of the detected animals.

Athene noctua, Morocco - Photo : X. Rufray, Biotope.

Aviscan - Photo : V. Delcourt, Biotope.

Applications of Aviscan

These radars allow observation bird movements during the night, during bad weather or just generally movement beyond the scope of human observation. Several protocols for monitoring of bird movements  by radar have been set up and are used most notably in wind power projects on land and at sea.

At large scales, the radar allows delineation of the large axes of migration, the migratory intensity as well as the speed of flight. At the medium scale, it is possible to highlight the ecological functioning of the sector of the study (zones of rest or of feeding, local movements…). Finally, on a very finescale, the radar allows the very precise mapping of the axes used by the birds, the flying heights above the wind power project and the angles of take-off / landing of the birds.

For more examples of this information, download the presentation booklet on Aviscan or contact the service of Research and Development.