Articles | Volume 5, issue 3
Wind Energ. Sci., 5, 1023–1036, 2020
Wind Energ. Sci., 5, 1023–1036, 2020
Research article
17 Aug 2020
Research article | 17 Aug 2020

Validation of Sentinel-1 offshore winds and average wind power estimation around Ireland

Louis de Montera et al.

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This paper provides a validation of satellite-acquired wind speed measurements (Sentinel-1 synthetic aperture radar Level 2 OCN) against four weather buoys and three coastal stations located around Ireland. It is shown that such satellite measurements provide a accurate assessment of long-term wind resource characteristics for both coastal and far from shore locations. This work was conducted in order to allow the use of satellite data in the planning of offshore wind farms in Ireland.