European Wind Atlas

The wind atlas methodology

The wind atlas methodology in general was first developed and described in detail for the European Wind Atlas.

Wind atlas methodologies makes it possible to transfer detailed information about the mean wind climate from one location (the predictor site) to another (the predicted site). The predictor site can be a meteorological station / wind-monitoring mast, or it can be a grid point in a mesoscale modelling domain. In the latter case, one may think of the model grid point as a virtual meteorological station. The predicted site often corresponds to the location and height of a specific wind turbine generator.

Observational wind atlas (predictor is a real-world met. station)

Numerical wind atlas (predictor is a virtual met. station)

The countries in this atlas are: 

• Belgium
• Denmark
• France
• Germany (FRG)
• Greece
• Ireland
• Italy
• Luxembourg
• Netherlands
• Portugal
• Spain
• United Kingdom

From the European Wind Atlas. Copyright © 1989 by Risø National Laboratory, Roskilde, Denmark.
The map shows the so-called generalised wind climate over Europe, also sometimes referred to as the regional wind climate or simply the wind atlas. In such a map, the influences of local topography have been removed and only the variations on the large scale are shown. Click here to see the corresponding European offshore wind resources.

If you want to know more about the wind atlases available from DTU Wind Energy – or want us to help you establish a wind atlas for any part of the world – you may contact us at Comments and corrections to these pages are also welcome.

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