Multi-scale meteorological modelling and prediction


Read more about the methods and software that have been use for this work.


Key aspects of downscaling met-ocean simulations for wind-energy purposes are conducted

Lorenz and Barstad (2015) downscale up-to-date atmospheric reanalysis over the northwest European shelf. The 2015 study involves a ten-year period from the ECMWF ERA-Interim reanalysis, of horizontal resolution ~70 km, downscaled to 3 km using two telescoping nests. Verification is to satellite-derived 10-m winds and wind-velocity profiles measured at the FINO1 met mast and Ekofisk oil platform in the North Sea – Barstad and Jenkins (2012) show verification is best done well away from coastal terrain, where strong horizontal flow gradients impede accurate comparison of model and measurements. Read more 

Jenkins (2014) downscales the surface wave field using the wave model, WAM, forced by WRF (one way, without feedback), over a one-year period. By accommodating the forcing from downscaled winds and bathymetry of progressively finer scale as the site is approached in this way, the sort of variation in surface-wave parameters that might arise within a large offshore wind farm will be resolved. Read more


Related work (internal documents):

-Investigating the optimal model setup for a North Sea wind climatology with WRFLorenz and Barstad (2015)

-Mesoscale atmospheric and ocean wave modelling -One-year database of model simulation over the northwest European shelf, Jenkins (2014)

-Mesoscale atmospheric and ocean wave modelling -Physical and numerical aspects of the WRF-WAM-MCEL coupled system, Jenkins and Lorenz (2014)



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