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Resource Documents: Meteorology (35 items)


Unless indicated otherwise, documents presented here are not the product of nor are they necessarily endorsed by National Wind Watch. These resource documents are shared here to assist anyone wishing to research the issue of industrial wind power and the impacts of its development. The information should be evaluated by each reader to come to their own conclusions about the many areas of debate. • The copyrights reside with the sources indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations.

Date added:  August 5, 2023
Environment, MeteorologyPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm and solar park effects on plant–soil carbon cycling: uncertain impacts of changes in ground-level microclimate

Author:  Armstrong, Alona; Waldron, Susan; Whitaker, Jeanette; and Ostle, Nicholas

Abstract – Global energy demand is increasing as greenhouse gas driven climate change progresses, making renewable energy sources critical to future sustainable power provision. Land-based wind and solar electricity generation technologies are rapidly expanding, yet our understanding of their operational effects on biological carbon cycling in hosting ecosystems is limited. Wind turbines and photovoltaic panels can significantly change local ground-level climate by a magnitude that could affect the fundamental plant–soil processes that govern carbon dynamics. We believe that understanding the possible . . .

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Date added:  May 15, 2023
China, Environment, MeteorologyPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms dry surface soil in temporal and spatial variation

Author:  Wang, Gang; Li, Quoqing; and Liu, Zhe

Abstract – Wind energy is renewable and clean; however, the long-term operation of wind turbines can affect local climates. Soil moisture affects ecosystem balance, so determining the impact of wind farms on soil moisture is important. However, there has been little research on this, and only the impacts of wind farms on climate and vegetation have been considered. This study focuses on wind farms located in the grasslands of China. We analyzed changes in soil moisture in different wind directions and . . .

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Date added:  December 2, 2022
Environment, Meteorology, NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Windparken mengen zich in het weer [Wind facilities interfere with the weather]

Author:  Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut

Uit een recente studie met het KNMI weermodel blijkt dat windparken het weer beïnvloeden. De wind in de buurt van windparken neemt gemiddeld af en ook de temperatuur en luchtvochtigheid veranderen. Het is niet zo dat windenergie klimaatverandering veroorzaakt want het effect van windparken op het weer is plaatselijk. Toch is het effect in bepaalde weersituaties op grote afstand van het windpark nog merkbaar. Windparken zijn atmosfeer-mixers  Draaiende rotorbladen van een windturbine zetten bewegingsenergie van de wind om in elektriciteit. . . .

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Date added:  October 3, 2022
Environment, Meteorology, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Wind turbine wakes can impact down-wind vegetation greenness

Author:  Diffendorfer, Jay; Vanderhoof, Melanie; and Ancona, Zach

Abstract—Global wind energy has expanded 5-fold since 2010 and is predicted to expand another 8–10-fold over the next 30 years. Wakes generated by wind turbines can alter downwind microclimates and potentially downwind vegetation. However, the design of past studies has made it difficult to isolate the impact of wake effects on vegetation from land cover change. We used hourly wind data to model wake and non-wake zones around 17 wind facilities across the U.S. and compared remotely-sensed vegetation greenness in . . .

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