The project carried out at Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport on modelling the effects of meteorology and climatology on the probability of bird collisions with aircraft, was presented by Albert Cama and Ferran Navàs at the international conference of the World Birdstrike Association (WBA) on prevention at the airports. This conference was held in Bangkok last November.
In the project, the effects of 40 local and short-term meteorological variables were analysed using adaptive multivariate models. The influence of variables that act on a continental scale and in a larger time frame, such as the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), was also taken into account. The study was focused on five species of birds: swift, white-legged gull, swallow, wood pigeon and common kestrel.
The WBA conference was attended by professionals from all over the world working in the field of wildlife hazard reduction at airports. During the three days, experiences from various parts of the world were exchanged and advanced technological solutions were presented to reduce this cause of wildlife mortality and the risks it represents for aviation safety. Minuartia technicians also participated in a round table on the internal organization of the entity.
All presentations made can be found on the WBA association website.