Articles | Volume 6, issue 4
Wind Energ. Sci., 6, 1043–1059, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-6-1043-2021
Wind Energ. Sci., 6, 1043–1059, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-6-1043-2021

Research article 10 Aug 2021

Research article | 10 Aug 2021

Extreme wind shear events in US offshore wind energy areas and the role of induced stratification

Mithu Debnath et al.

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As the offshore wind industry emerges on the US East Coast, a comprehensive understanding of the wind resource – particularly extreme events – is vital to the industry's success. We leverage a year of data of two floating lidars to quantify and characterize the frequent occurrence of high-wind-shear and low-level-jet events, both of which will have a considerable impact on turbine operation. We find that almost 100 independent long events occur throughout the year.