Articles | Volume 6, issue 1
Adv. Sci. Res., 6, 155–159, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/asr-6-155-2011
Adv. Sci. Res., 6, 155–159, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/asr-6-155-2011

  31 May 2011

31 May 2011

Atmospheric boundary layer wind profile at a flat coastal site – wind speed lidar measurements and mesoscale modeling results

R. Floors1, E. Batchvarova1,2, S.-E. Gryning1, A. N. Hahmann1, A. Peña1, and T. Mikkelsen1 R. Floors et al.
  • 1Wind Energy Division, Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark, P.O. Box 49, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark
  • 2National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology, Sofia 1784, Bulgaria

Abstract. Wind profiles up to 600 m height are investigated. Measurements of mean wind speed profiles were obtained from a novel wind lidar and compared to model simulations from a mesoscale model (WRF-ARW v3.1). It is found that WRF is able to predict the mean wind profile rather well and typically within 1–2 m s−1 to the individual measured values. WRF underpredicts the normalized wind profile, especially for stable conditions. The effect of baroclinicity on the upper part of the wind profile is discussed.