Part 3:3 Bringing home the radar

All the radars in place. Photo: Aron Hejdström
This autumn’s radar calibration campaign in Kullaberg has now been successfully completed!
We were happy to see that four different radar systems from different research groups joined the campaign. The Swiss Vogelwarte “birdscan” vertical looking radar, Ornis Italicas marine radar, the Rothamsted research insect vertical looking radar as well as our Lund University tracking radar. They were all gathered at the site in Kullaberg, which is approximately 20km from the newly upgraded SMHI weather radar in Ängelholm. Unfortunately the Lidar was unable to join.

Packing up. Photo: Cecilia Nilsson
Preliminary results look very promising, and lots of birds were tracked by the different systems. Unfortunately not as many insects were tracked, probably because the dedicated insect radar was delayed and arrived rather late in the season. Now we will analyze the data, comparing results both between the radar systems dedicated to biological targets and to the weather radar.
The project received funding from Gyllenstiernska Krapperupstiftelsen and support from ENRAM and the Center for Animal Movement Research (Canmove) at Lund University.
Earlier blog post about the radar:
1(3) Preparing the radar for a new field season!
2(3) Radar calibration field campaign

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