Meteorology for wind energy

A one day course for industry professionals who wish to acquire a comprehensive overview of the subject and have the meteorological basics, weather systems, and atmospheric modelling clearly explained. Wind power meteorology, the atmospheric structure and scales are also covered.

Contact us:

Lars Landberg Lars Landberg
Group Leader, Renewables, Group Technology and Research
Meteorology for wind energy

Training Information

  • Duration:

    1 day

  • Date & location:

    to be determined

Course background
The course offers an introduction to the weather related phenomena that affect a wind farm. This will cover the most important aspects of meteorology and wind power meteorology, including local effects, variations on different scales, “strange animals in the micro-scale zoo” like complex terrain, forestry, wind profiles, and thermally-driven winds. We will also cover a description of the atmospheric circulation, the structure of the atmosphere, and its various scales; typical large systems as the low pressure system, monsoons and hurricanes are described; and modelling of the atmosphere will be discussed. A question and answer session will close the day.

The course will be taught by Lars Landberg (DNV GL, Group Leader, Renewables. Strategic Research and Innovation) who is also the developer of the course. Lars Landberg has also recently written a book on the subject of the course: Meteorology for Wind Energy – An Introduction. Published by Wiley.

Course outline:
09:00 Introduction
09:30 - Why does the wind blow?
            - Structure of the atmosphere: the atmospheric engine, escape velocity,
              the layers of the atmosphere, the greenhouse effect, albedo
            - Atmospheric scales: global, synoptic, meso, micro
            - The low-pressure system
11:00 Coffee
11:15  - The monsoons, tropical cyclones, hurricanes
              - Atmospheric variables: velocity (wind), pressure, temperature, humidity,
                density, stability
12:30 Lunch
13:30 - Modelling the atmosphere: global circulation models,
              numerical weather prediction, chaos, ensemble predictions
            - Climate change
            - Wind power meteorology:
            * Distributions
            * Variation: diurnal, seasonal, inter-annual variation
            * Local effects: roughness, orography, obstacles
            * Strange animals in the zoo: complet terrain, forstry, wind profiles,
               ana-/katabatic winds, icing
15:00 Coffee
15:15 - Wind power meteorology, continued:
              * Extreme winds / turbulence
              * Offshore
              * Instruments we use
              * CFD & meso-scale modelling
          - Q&A session
17:00 Finish

Who should attend?
Wind resource analysts, project managers, developers, civil and structural designers, lenders, turbine designers and other professionals who wish to benefit from DNV GL’s technical and commercial knowledge of the meteorological aspects of wind power developments. DNV GL assumes that attendees will have a technical background, but no specific meteorological knowledge is required.