WAsP self-study course

The purpose of the on-demand course is to give you access to the study material, when you have the time to study. The entire course will therefore be ready when you log in and you will have full access to the course material for 8 weeks. During this time, it is entirely up to you when you study and how much time you wish to spend on each module.

There are certain tasks and assignments, which need to be completed in order to receive the Certificate of Participation at the end of the course, but you can go over the material as many times as you wish. Most importantly, you are asked to complete a case study and hand it in. It will be evaluated by a member of the WAsP Team at DTU Wind Energy and brief written feedback will be given. Should you have questions or comments during the course, you are welcome to send us an email. We have also made a Course Forum, where participants can post comments and questions and browse questions and answers from other participants.

The course objectives are:

  1. To teach you how to use the WAsP software
  2. To teach you enough theory to avoid the pitfalls


The following general topics will be covered during the course:

  • WAsP characteristics and functionality
  • Model operational envelopes and limitations
  • Requirements for climatological and topographical input
  • Best practice and sensitivity analyses
  • Pitfalls, biases and uncertainties


  • Language: English
  • 9 modules to study, 1-3 hours/module, plus a case study of about 8 hours; in total about 32-35 hours.
  • You will receive a free WAsP 12 license, which will be valid throughout the eight weeks, giving you access to the complete WAsP suite software.


Module 1 – Introduction

1.0 The world of WAsP
1.1 The WAsP principle
1.2 WAsP software interface
1.3 WAsP workspace and hierarchy
1.4 Observing the wind climate
1.5 WAsP tools and help

Module 2 – Climatological inputs to modelling

2.1 Measuring the wind
2.2 Analysing ¨the wind data
2.3 WAsP Climate Analyst

Module 3 – Topographical inputs to modelling

3.1 What is topography?
3.2 Map coordinate systems
3.3 Working with terrain map files
3.4 WAsP Map Editor feature list
3.5 How to acquire digital maps

Module 4 – Land cover and roughness effects

4.1 What is roughness?
4.2 Land cover and roughness classification
4.3 WAsP and forests
4.4 Wind profiles and stability

Module 5 – Elevation and orographic effects

5.1 What is orography?
5.2 IBZ flow model in WAsP
5.3 Similarity and RIX

Module 6 – Obstacles and shelter effects

6.1 Sheltering obstacles

Module 7 – Wind resource assessment

7.1 Wind resource assessment
7.2 WAsP analysis: from observed to generalized wind climates
7.3 WAsP application: from generalized to predicted wind climates

Module 8 – Wind farm calculations

8.1 What is a wind farm?
8.2 Power and thrust curves
8.3 Wake losses in a wind farm
8.4 Wind farm calculations

Module 9 – Working with WAsP in practice

9.1 Practical WAsP work
9.2 Best practice and uncertainty
9.3 WAsP CFD modelling
9.4 WAsP Engineering brief

Module 10 – WAsP case study

10.1 Case study introduction

The self-study course is on demand, ready when you have the time to learn more about WAsP.

The self-study course is developed in the E-learning system DTU Learn (Brightspace) and you will have access to the system for 8 weeks. The course will have to be completed within these 8 weeks, if you wish to receive the certificate of participation.

800€. Payment terms: Credit card only. Access to DTU Learn (the online learning platform) will be sent by email, as soon as payment is registered in our system.

The course is intended for students, engineers, scientists and others – primarily working within the field of wind energy – who require a working knowledge of the WAsP software for wind resource assessment.

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