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News Release 17-048

Atmospheric scientists conduct field experiment to study wind flow over complex mountain terrain

Results will benefit weather forecasting and wind energy efforts

Perdigão scientists study valley meteorology and the

Perdigão scientists study valley meteorology and the "wake" of the wind turbine in the background.

Credit: Perdigão Experimental Group


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The release of a meteorological instrument called a radiosonde, which ascends tens of kilometers.

The release of a meteorological instrument called a radiosonde, which ascends tens of kilometers.

Credit: Perdigão Experimental Group


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Perdigão project instruments arrayed on a northern slope outside a valley.

Perdigão project instruments arrayed on a northern slope outside a valley.

Credit: Perdigão Experimental Group


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A scanning LIDAR measures wind velocity and turbulence. A wind turbine is in the background.

A scanning LIDAR measures wind velocity and turbulence. A wind turbine is in the background.

Credit: Perdigão Experimental Group


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LIDAR and aerosol-sensing instruments at a Perdigão research site; LIDAR units map the wind flow field.

LIDAR and aerosol-sensing instruments at a Perdigão research site; LIDAR units map the wind flow field.

Credit: Perdigão Experimental Group


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Release of a radiosonde for meteorological measurements from a Perdigão research site.

Release of a radiosonde for meteorological measurements from a Perdigão research site.

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