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Title: Validating precision estimates in horizontal wind measurements from a Doppler lidar

Results from a recent field campaign are used to assess the accuracy of wind speed and direction precision estimates produced by a Doppler lidar wind retrieval algorithm. The algorithm, which is based on the traditional velocity-azimuth-display (VAD) technique, estimates the wind speed and direction measurement precision using standard error propagation techniques, assuming the input data (i.e., radial velocities) to be contaminated by random, zero-mean, errors. For this study, the lidar was configured to execute an 8-beam plan-position-indicator (PPI) scan once every 12 min during the 6-week deployment period. Several wind retrieval trials were conducted using different schemes for estimating the precision in the radial velocity measurements. Here, the resulting wind speed and direction precision estimates were compared to differences in wind speed and direction between the VAD algorithm and sonic anemometer measurements taken on a nearby 300 m tower.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4] ; ORCiD logo [5]
  1. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
  2. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Boulder, CO (United States). Earth System Research Lab.
  3. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Boulder, CO (United States). Earth System Research Lab.; Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Boulder, CO (United States)
  4. National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO (United States)
  5. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States); National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
NREL/JA-5000-68401
Journal ID: ISSN 1867-8548
Grant/Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (Online); Journal Volume: 10; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 1867-8548
Publisher:
European Geosciences Union
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Wind and Water Technologies Office (EE-4W); USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
17 WIND ENERGY; 47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION; doppler lidar; wind speed; direction measurement
OSTI Identifier:
1353004

Newsom, Rob K., Brewer, W. Alan, Wilczak, James M., Wolfe, Daniel E., Oncley, Steven P., and Lundquist, Julie K.. Validating precision estimates in horizontal wind measurements from a Doppler lidar. United States: N. p., Web. doi:10.5194/amt-10-1229-2017.
Newsom, Rob K., Brewer, W. Alan, Wilczak, James M., Wolfe, Daniel E., Oncley, Steven P., & Lundquist, Julie K.. Validating precision estimates in horizontal wind measurements from a Doppler lidar. United States. doi:10.5194/amt-10-1229-2017.
Newsom, Rob K., Brewer, W. Alan, Wilczak, James M., Wolfe, Daniel E., Oncley, Steven P., and Lundquist, Julie K.. 2017. "Validating precision estimates in horizontal wind measurements from a Doppler lidar". United States. doi:10.5194/amt-10-1229-2017. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1353004.
@article{osti_1353004,
title = {Validating precision estimates in horizontal wind measurements from a Doppler lidar},
author = {Newsom, Rob K. and Brewer, W. Alan and Wilczak, James M. and Wolfe, Daniel E. and Oncley, Steven P. and Lundquist, Julie K.},
abstractNote = {Results from a recent field campaign are used to assess the accuracy of wind speed and direction precision estimates produced by a Doppler lidar wind retrieval algorithm. The algorithm, which is based on the traditional velocity-azimuth-display (VAD) technique, estimates the wind speed and direction measurement precision using standard error propagation techniques, assuming the input data (i.e., radial velocities) to be contaminated by random, zero-mean, errors. For this study, the lidar was configured to execute an 8-beam plan-position-indicator (PPI) scan once every 12 min during the 6-week deployment period. Several wind retrieval trials were conducted using different schemes for estimating the precision in the radial velocity measurements. Here, the resulting wind speed and direction precision estimates were compared to differences in wind speed and direction between the VAD algorithm and sonic anemometer measurements taken on a nearby 300 m tower.},
doi = {10.5194/amt-10-1229-2017},
journal = {Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (Online)},
number = 3,
volume = 10,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {3}
}

Works referenced in this record:

Retrieval of Microscale Wind and Temperature Fields from Single- and Dual-Doppler Lidar Data
journal, September 2005
  • Newsom, Rob K.; Ligon, David; Calhoun, Ron
  • Journal of Applied Meteorology, Vol. 44, Issue 9, p. 1324-1345
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