Right Whale Paper Published
A paper by GMI marine scientists Amy Whitt, Kathleen Dudzinski, and Jennifer Laliberté has been published in the journal Endangered Species Research. The authors summarize right whale sightings and acoustic data collected from the first year-round study dedicated to marine mammals in New Jersey’s nearshore waters.
Cultural Resources TxDOT Win
The Cultural Resources group of the GMI Environmental Services Division was awarded an Archeological General Services contract by the Texas Department of Transportation in February. One of four awardees, GMI will be involved in archeological survey, test excavations for National Register eligibility determinations, and data recovery projects across the state of Texas.
Biological Inventory Study for Melrose AFR
GMI wildlife biologists, in conjunction with Cannon AFB and Melrose AFR, initiated surveys for a Biological Inventory Study of a 10,968 acre area of land gifted to Melrose AFR by the state of New Mexico.
GMI to Support Fishermen's Energy with Environmental Impact Efforts
As part of the Energy Department's broader efforts to launch an offshore wind industry in the United States, GMI will support the Fishermen's Energy team with R&D for the advancement of traditional thermal and video imaging systems related to the assessment of nocturnal animal (bird, bat) occurrence, strikes and behavior around offshore wind turbines.
GMI Researchers Contribute to Texas Archaeological Literature
Nancy Kenmotsu is a co-editor and author of a new book published by Texas A&M University Press: The Toyah Phase of Central Texas: Late Prehistoric Economic and Social Processes. The volume is about the hunter-gatherers living in central Texas from AD 1300 – 1700.
Estabrook Heads Cultural Resources Dept.
Following 20+ years working as a Project/Program Manager for several of the largest cultural resources firms in Florida, Rich Estabrook has joined GMI as Cultural Resources Program Manager in the Plano corporate office.
GMI's Mobile Avian Radar System® (MARS®) units have been used worldwide for applications such as avian assessments for onshore and offshore wind farms, and in the management of bird and wildlife hazards at airports. GMI’s bird detection systems include modified radar systems utilizing commercial off-the-shelf equipment and custom engineered, tailor constructed systems.
GMI’s pioneering Wildlife Remote Sensing and Technology program came online in 1994. We developed avian remote sensing systems to reduce bird strikes to aircraft and collect data for a variety of environmental applications. Since then, staff members have developed many innovative technologies and processes used to power state-of-the-art avian radar and bird detection systems such as MARS®.
GMI has accomplished many milestones in the BASH industry and GMI’s MARS® are leading the way in remote sensing systems for bird detection.
- 1st automatic vertical scanning radar for bird detection (2000)
- 1st real-time, on-airport bird detection and warning system (2003)
- 1st predictive algorithms to track migrating birds (2005)
- 1st post-processing analysis tools library
- 1st enhanced data visualization
GMI continues to develop and refine systems to detect, quantify, and track bird activity. GMI continues to research, modify, and increase capabilities of its products (e.g., MARS®), services, and technologies to provide excellence to its clients.
The GMI wildlife remote sensing and technology team consists of:
- Radar ornithologists
- Environmental biologists
- Radar system engineers
- Software engineers
GMI develops innovative technology and algorithms to power state-of-the-art radar-based bird detection systems and provide cost-effective methods to conduct avian and bat surveys, assessments, management planning, and training.
GMI offers a full line of advanced wildlife remote sensing services, products, and technology for wildlife/bird studies, wildlife hazard assessments/management plans at airports, wind energy facilities, and tower and other development sites. GMI’s MARS® bird detection systems support a wide range of safety and environmental protection applications.
The MARS® unit offers:
- Bird and bat activity and density assessments
- Large radar coverage area
- Detailed data resolution
- Recording of baseline activity and migratory events
- Effective day and night and in limited visibility
- Real-time data processing
- 24/7 automatic target archive to database
- Operations limited only by available power and data storage capacity
- Automatic clutter and interference suppression