Offshore wind mapping Mediterranean area using SAR

Rosamaria Calaudi, Felice Arena, Merete Badger, Anna Maria Sempreviva

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Satellite observations of the ocean surface, for example from Synthetic Aperture Radars (SAR), provide information about the spatial wind variability over large areas. This is of special interest in the Mediterranean Sea, where spatial wind information is only provided by sparse buoys, often with long periods of missing data. Here, we focus on evaluating the use of SAR for offshore wind mapping. Preliminary results from the analysis of SAR-based ocean winds in Mediterranean areas show interesting large scale wind flow features consistent with results from previous studies using numerical models and space borne wind data i.e. scatterometers with lower resolution.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnergy Procedia
Pages (from-to)38-47
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventEuropean Geosciences Union General Assembly 2013 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 7 Apr 201312 Apr 2013


ConferenceEuropean Geosciences Union General Assembly 2013
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  • Wind energy
  • Renewable energy
  • Offshore
  • SAR
  • Mediterranean

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