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The Role of Atmospheric Stability and Turbulence in Offshore Wind-Farm Wakes in the German Bight

Platis, Andreas; Hundhausen, Marie 1; Lampert, Astrid; Emeis, Stefan ORCID iD icon 2; Bange, Jens
1 Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Forschungsbereich Troposphäre (IMK-TRO), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
2 Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Umweltforschung (IMK-IFU), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Airborne meteorological in situ measurements as well as stationary measurements at the offshore masts FINO1 and FINO3 in the German Bight are evaluated in order to examine the hypothesis that the wake dissipation downstream of large offshore wind farms depends on atmospheric stability. A long-term study of the mast data for the years 2016 and 2017 demonstrates a clear dependence of stability on the wind direction. Stable conditions are predominantly expected during southerly winds coming from the land. The analysis of various stability and turbulence criteria shows that the lapse rate is the most robust parameter for stability classification in the German Bight, but further implies that stability depends on the measurement height. A near-surface (0 to 30 m), predominantly convective, layer is present and more stable conditions are found aloft (55 to 95 m). Combing the stability data with the airborne measurements of the offshore wind-farm wakes reveals the trend of a correlation between longer wake lengths and an increase in the initial wind-speed deficit downwind of a wind farm with stronger thermal stability. However, the stability correlation criteria with the wake length downstream of the four investigated wind farms, Godewind, Amrumbank West, Meerwind Süd/Ost, and Nordsee Ost, contain large variance. ... mehr

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000139386
Veröffentlicht am 29.10.2021
DOI: 10.1007/s10546-021-00668-4
Zitationen: 14
Web of Science
Zitationen: 12
Zitationen: 16
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Umweltforschung (IMK-IFU)
Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Forschungsbereich Troposphäre (IMK-TRO)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2022
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 0006-8314, 1573-1472
KITopen-ID: 1000139386
HGF-Programm 12.11.11 (POF IV, LK 01) Urban Climate and Air Quality
Weitere HGF-Programme 12.11.32 (POF IV, LK 01) Advancing atmospheric and Earth system models
Erschienen in Boundary-Layer Meteorology
Verlag Springer
Band 182
Seiten 441–469
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 10.10.2021
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