Articles | Volume 5, issue 4
Wind Energ. Sci., 5, 1793–1810, 2020
Wind Energ. Sci., 5, 1793–1810, 2020

Research article 23 Dec 2020

Research article | 23 Dec 2020

The Alaiz experiment: untangling multi-scale stratified flows over complex terrain

Pedro Santos et al.

Data sets

The Alaiz Experiment (ALEX17): wind field and turbulent fluxes in a large-scale and complex topography with synoptic forcing P. Santos, J. Mann, N. Vasiljevic, M. Courtney, J. Sanz Rodrigo, E. Cantero, F. Borbón, D. Martínez-Villagrasa, B. Martí, and J. Cuxart

Short summary
This study presents results from the Alaiz experiment (ALEX17), featuring the characterization of two cases with flow features ranging from 0.1 to 10 km in complex terrain. We show that multiple scanning lidars can capture in detail a type of atmospheric wave that can happen up to 10 % of the time at this site. The results are in agreement with multiple ground observations and demonstrate the role of atmospheric stability in flow phenomena that need to be better captured by numerical models.