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