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The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research orders MERLIN™ Avian Radar System

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Panama City, Florida, USA – November 2, 2007: The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) has ordered a MERLIN XS2530e Avian Radar System to conduct a multi-year study of a proposed wind farm project in Norway. NINA, based in Trondheim, is Norway’s leading institution for applied ecological research. NINA worked with the SINTEF Group, the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia, to assess available ornithological radar technologies selecting the MERLIN system for the project based on its advanced technologies and proven capabilities for pre- and post-construction survey and operational monitoring of wind farm and migratory research projects.


MERLIN is a self-contained, fully mobile, automated, advanced ornithological radar system that includes specialized bird and bat radar detection and tracking software, an on-board operator/equipment cabin, the MERLIN GPS/Compass® geo-referencing system, on-board power, and a data/communications uplink for unattended 24-7 operation. The NINA unit will be remotely controlled and monitored for this project via the internet with recorded bird activity and weather data downloaded daily by NINA and DeTect for processing and analysis over the study period. MERLIN represents the state-of-the-art in avian radars for aviation safety, environmental management and migratory research. The technology, originally developed for the US Air Force and NASA, is being increasingly used to support wind energy, mining and landfill projects worldwide for risk assessment and mitigation. Over 35 MERLIN systems have been delivered to date to project sites in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Africa.

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