Time series analysis of wind speed using VAR and the generalized impulse response technique

Bradley T. Ewing, Jamie Brown Kruse, John L. Schroeder, Douglas A. Smith

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This research examines the interdependence in time series wind speed data measured in the same location at four different heights. A multiple-equation system known as a vector autoregression is proposed for characterizing the time series dynamics of wind. Additionally, the recently developed method of generalized impulse response analysis provides insight into the cross-effects of the wind series and their responses to shocks. Findings are based on analysis of contemporaneous wind speed time histories taken at 13, 33, 70 and 160 ft above ground level with a sampling rate of 10 Hz. The results indicate that wind speeds measured at 70 ft was the most variable. Further, the turbulence persisted longer at the 70-ft measurement than at the other heights. The greatest interdependence is observed at 13 ft. Gusts at 160 ft led to the greatest persistence to an "own" shock and led to greatest persistence in the responses of the other wind series.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-219
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2007


  • Impulse response
  • Time series
  • VAR
  • Wind speed


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