A wind field downscaling strategy based on domain segmentation and transfer functions
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European Commisision's projectHPC4E - HPC for Energy (EC-H2020-689772)
EoCoE - Energy oriented Centre of Excellence for computer applications (EC-H2020-676629)
This paper presents a novel methodology for mesoscale‐to‐microscale downscaling of near‐surface wind fields. The model chain consists on the Weather Research and Forecast mesoscale model and the Alya‐CFDWind microscale model (assuming neutral stability). The downscaling methodology combines precomputed microscale simulations with a mesoscale forecast using a domain segmentation technique and transfer functions. As a result, the downscaled wind field preserves the mesoscale pattern but, at the same time, incorporates local mesoscale subgrid terrain effects, particularly at valleys and channelling zones. The methodology has been validated over a 9‐month period on a very complex terrain site instrumented with a dense observational network of meteorological masts. With respect to mesoscale results, the global skills of the downscaled wind at masts improve for wind direction and remain similar for wind velocity. However, a substantial improvement occurs under stable and neutral conditions and for high wind velocity regimes.
CitationBarcons, J.; Avila, M.; Folch, A. A wind field downscaling strategy based on domain segmentation and transfer functions. "Wind Energy", 6 Febrer 2018, vol. 21, núm. 6, p. 409-425.