Offshore wind resource mapping for Europe by Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite data

Charlotte Bay Hasager, Merete Badger

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    Abstract

    For the New European Wind Atlas (NEWA) project with 8 participating countries during5 years (March 2015 – March 2020) we will develop a new wind atlas covering most of the European countries as well as most of the offshore areas in Europe. For the offshore atlas we will rely on a combination of satellite remote sensing observations and atmospheric modelling. The satellite data include Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) from the European Space Agency from Envisat and the Copernicus mission Sentinel-1. SAR has the advantage of high spatial resolution such that we can cover near-coastal areas where many wind farms are planned. In the Danish RUNE project near-shore offshore winds are investigate from SAR, atmospheric modelling and ground-based remote sensing lidar. In the European Space Agency project ResGrow SAR wind resource maps at various locations in the European Seas are used to estimate the wind resource at specific sites highly relevant for wind farming. The SAR-based methodology for offshore wind resource assessment and selected results are presented.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings
    Number of pages7
    Publication date2015
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Event2015 World Congress on Advances in Structural Engineering and Mechanics - Incheon, Korea, Republic of
    Duration: 25 Aug 201529 Aug 2015

    Conference

    Conference2015 World Congress on Advances in Structural Engineering and Mechanics
    Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
    City Incheon
    Period25/08/201529/08/2015

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