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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing • Open Access

Three-dimensional wind profiling of offshore wind energy areas with airborne Doppler lidar
Author(s): Grady J. Koch; Jeffrey Y. Beyon; Larry J. Cowen; Michael J. Kavaya; Michael S. Grant

Paper Abstract

A technique has been developed for imaging the wind field over offshore areas being considered for wind farming. This is accomplished with an eye-safe 2-μm wavelength coherent Doppler lidar installed in an aircraft. By raster scanning the aircraft over the wind energy area (WEA), a three-dimensional map of the wind vector can be made. This technique was evaluated in 11 flights over the Virginia and Maryland offshore WEAs. Heights above the ocean surface planned for wind turbines are shown to be within the marine boundary layer, and the wind vector is seen to show variation across the geographical area of interest at turbine heights.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 March 2014
PDF: 12 pages
J. Appl. Remote Sens. 8(1) 083662 doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.8.083662
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 8, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Grady J. Koch, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Jeffrey Y. Beyon, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Larry J. Cowen, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Michael J. Kavaya, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Michael S. Grant, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)


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