Innovative Technologies to Investigate Fine-Scale Atmospheric Motions and Their Impact

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Scientists and engineers understand the need to observe and predict the structure of the atmosphere at relatively small scales. While wind engineers have spent many years defining the structure of atmospheric turbulence using in-situ anemometers, they now recognize the need to examine the spatial continuity of their assumptions, document the spatial context and intermittency of coherent turbulence, and record and understand the micro-scale structure of extreme events. The understanding of fine-scale motions within extreme events has a direct effect on our ability to engineer resistant structures. At the same time, these same small-scale motions are important in maximizing power output from wind turbines and mitigating fatigue loads which could detrimentally impact the wind power industry in the coming decades. Atmospheric scientists have also developed a growing respect for the influence of fine-scale structures on larger scaled atmospheric events. There are a host of atmospheric phen
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - Jun 2009


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