The numerical wind atlas - the KAMM/WAsP method

H.P. Frank, Ole Rathmann, Niels Gylling Mortensen, L. Landberg

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    The method of combining the Karlsruhe Atmospheric Mesoscale Model, KAMM, with the Wind Atlas Analysis and Application Program, WAsP, to make local predictions of the wind resource is presented. It combines the advantages of mesoscale modeling - overviewover a big region and use of global data bases - with the local prediction capacity of the small-scale model WAsP. Results are presented for Denmark, Ireland, Northern Portugal and Galicia, and the Faroe Islands. Wind atlas files were calculated fromwind data simulated with the mesoscale model using model grids with a resolution of 2.5, 5, and 10 km. Using these wind atlas files in WAsP the local prediction of the mean wind does not depend on the grid resolution of the mesoscale model. The localpredictions combining KAMM and WAsP are much better than simple interpolation of the wind simulated by KAMM. In addition an investigation was made on the dependence of wind atlas data on the size of WAsP-maps. It is recommended that a topographic maparound a site should extend 10 km out from it. If there is a major roughness change like a coast line further away in a frequent wind direction this should be included at even greater distances, perhaps up to 20 km away.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages60
    ISBN (Print)87-550-2850-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2001
    SeriesDenmark. Forskningscenter Risoe. Risoe-R


    • Risø-R-1252
    • Risø-R-1252(EN)

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