Space-based Observation of Offshore Strong Wind for Electric Power Generation
To optimize the deployment of offshore wind farms for electric power generation, the geographical and seasonal distributions of strong wind over global oceans were examined using nine years of equivalent neutral winds measured by a space-based scatterometer. The relation between scatterometer measurement and surface wind vector is explained. The dependence of wind strength on height and stability is examined. Near-shore locations of strong wind are identified.
KeywordsStrong Wind Wind Farm Winter Monsoon Vertical Wind Shear South Pacific Convergence Zone
This study was performed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). It was jointly supported by the Ocean Vector Winds and the Physical Oceanography Programs of NASA.
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