Articles | Volume 4, issue 2
Wind Energ. Sci., 4, 193–209, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-4-193-2019
Wind Energ. Sci., 4, 193–209, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-4-193-2019

Research article 03 Apr 2019

Research article | 03 Apr 2019

Low-level jets over the North Sea based on ERA5 and observations: together they do better

Peter C. Kalverla et al.

Data sets

Fifth generation of ECMWF atmospheric reanalyses of the global climate, Copernicus Climate Change Service Climate Data Store (CDS) Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) https://cds.climate.copernicus.eu/cdsapp\#!/dataset/reanalysis-era5-pressure-levels?tab=overview

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Short summary
A common assumption in the design of wind turbines and wind farms is that the wind field is quite uniform. This assumption is violated during so-called low-level jet events, when there is a distinct peak in the wind speed. Low-level jets modify loads on the turbines and also affect power production. To understand their impact and facilitate better planning and design, we present a detailed climatology of these events over the North Sea, based on offshore measurements and meteorological models.