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Remote Sens. 2017, 9(10), 977; doi:10.3390/rs9100977

Measurements of Surface-Layer Turbulence in a Wide Norwegian Fjord Using Synchronized Long-Range Doppler Wind Lidars

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Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science, University of Stavanger, 4036 Stavanger, Norway
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School of Science and Engineering, Reykjavík University, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
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Department of Wind Energy, Technical University of Denmark, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark
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Christian Michelsen Research AS, 5072 Bergen, Norway
This paper is an extended version of our paper published in 7th European and African Conference on Wind Engineering (EACWE 2017)
Current address: University of Stavanger, 4036 Stavanger, Norway.
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Received: 8 July 2017 / Revised: 29 August 2017 / Accepted: 18 September 2017 / Published: 21 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Atmosphere Remote Sensing)
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Three synchronized pulsed Doppler wind lidars were deployed from May 2016 to June 2016 on the shores of a wide Norwegian fjord called Bjørnafjord to study the wind characteristics at the proposed location of a planned bridge. The purpose was to investigate the potential of using lidars to gather information on turbulence characteristics in the middle of a wide fjord. The study includes the analysis of the single-point and two-point statistics of wind turbulence, which are of major interest to estimate dynamic wind loads on structures. The horizontal wind components were measured by the intersecting scanning beams, along a line located 25 m above the sea surface, at scanning distances up to 4.6 k m . For a mean wind velocity above 8 m · s - 1 , the recorded turbulence intensity was below 0.06 on average. Even though the along-beam spatial averaging leads to an underestimated turbulence intensity, such a value indicates a roughness length much lower than provided in the European standard EN 1991-1-4:2005. The normalized spectrum of the along-wind component was compared to the one provided by the Norwegian Petroleum Industry Standard and the Norwegian Handbook for bridge design N400. A good overall agreement was observed for wave-numbers below 0 . 02 / m . The along-beam spatial averaging in the adopted set-up prevented a more detailed comparison at larger wave-numbers, which challenges the study of wind turbulence at scanning distances of several kilometres. The results presented illustrate the need to complement lidar data with point-measurement to reduce the uncertainties linked to the atmospheric stability and the spatial averaging of the lidar probe volume. The measured lateral coherence was associated with a decay coefficient larger than expected for the along-wind component, with a value around 21 for a mean wind velocity bounded between 10 m · s - 1 and 14 m · s - 1 , which may be related to a stable atmospheric stratification. View Full-Text
Keywords: wind coherence; turbulence spectrum; pulsed lidar; full-scale measurements; WindScanner system wind coherence; turbulence spectrum; pulsed lidar; full-scale measurements; WindScanner system
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Cheynet, E.; Jakobsen, J.B.; Snæbjörnsson, J.; Mann, J.; Courtney, M.; Lea, G.; Svardal, B. Measurements of Surface-Layer Turbulence in a Wide Norwegian Fjord Using Synchronized Long-Range Doppler Wind Lidars. Remote Sens. 2017, 9, 977.

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