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Metocean Data

This data is intended to provide a standard basis of comparison for meteorological and ocean conditions for offshore wind energy research worldwide.

The original data are from 23 ocean sites around the United States and were obtained from the National Data Buoy Center run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The data are presented in a processed form that includes the variables of interest for offshore wind energy design: wind speed, significant wave height, wave peak-spectral period, wind direction and wave direction. For each site, a binning process is conducted to create conditional probability functions for each of these variables. The sites are then grouped according to geographic location and combined to create three representative sites, including a West Coast site, an East Coast site and a Gulf of Mexico site.

Downloads

The Creation of a Comprehensive Metocean Data Set for Offshore Wind Turbine Simulations, Wind Energy (2015)