Wind energyProject Using Upstream LIDAR Measurements
This is the final report for the Windlab Limited – LIDAR for Wind Forecasts Project.
Looking upstream in the wind for information about what the future holds is a common practice. For example, weather forecasts are based in large part on what lies upstream. As weather systems travel from west to east in Australia the conditions associated with the weather systems tend to stay somewhat constant and travel with the system. At the risk of over-simplifying, we often look at the current conditions to our west to see what the weather will be tomorrow or the next day. Here we are talking about time scales or many hours to a few days. In this example we are making use of observations that lie far upstream and lengths of time of up to a few days. However, the principle holds at much smaller scales as well.