Turbulence Estimation from a Continuous-Wave Scanning Lidar (SpinnerLidar)

Mikkelsen, T. K. (Guest lecturer)

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One of the current challenges using lidars for wind energy measurements is the inability of lidars to accurately measure turbulence. Two important factors affecting lidar measurements of turbulence are:

1) the spatial averaging by the lidars sounding volume leading to smaller eddies being filtered out, and
2) the mixing of velocity co-variances from other components into the line-of-sight variance measurements.

Turbulence measurements based on upwind horizontal rotor plane scanning of the line-of-sight variance measurements combined with ensemble-averaged Doppler spectra width measurements is shown to provide unfiltered, un-truncated line-of-sight turbulence measurements similar to what is achievable from a hub-hight installed cup anemometer.
Period27 Jun 2017
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • DTU SpinnerLidar
  • turbulence
  • measurements