Mean Offshore Wind Speed 2003 - height 75m above mean sea level

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Mean average offshore wind speeds in metres per second (m/s) at 75m above sea level. The wind speed data, modelled in 2003, covers the Irish Internal Waters and the Irish Territorial Sea up to 12 nautical miles from the baseline.

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) offers the same data in its Wind Atlas, a digital map of Ireland's wind energy resource ( SEAI's wind speed datasets assist wind energy planners, developers and policy makers.

Background on 2003 wind maps
The 2003 wind-mapping project was completed by ESB International and TrueWind Solutions for SEAI (then SEI). It predicted wind characteristics, at heights of 50m, 75m and 100m, spanning onshore and offshore. (Larger heights of 125m and 150m were later covered in SEAI’s 2013 wind-mapping project.) The resulting GIS maps cover onshore in 200m grids, and offshore in 400m grids. Generally, wind maps extend to 15km offshore, or occasionally 20km.

About the 2003 methodology, it iterated a MesoMap system and a faster WindMap model through reducing grid sizes. MesoMap is built on MASS (Mesoscale Atmospheric Simulation System), a numerical weather model that embodied the fundamental physics of the atmosphere. Iterations through the nested grids accounted for local land elevation, land cover and roughness. Final iterations accounted for increased wind shear and reduced near-surface wind speed at less windy sites. The 2003 Wind-mapping Project Report is available here.

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Resource: Webpage of SEAI Wind Atlas


SEAI Wind Atlas -- example of 2003 (legacy) mean average wind speed: offshore 50m above sea level.

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