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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

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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.

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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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