Meteorology and Remote Sensing

Our ambition is to make the wind visible through advanced remote sensing technology. By investigating atmospheric flow phenomena related to wind resources, wind turbine site conditions, and atmospheric conditions in general, we can develop better design and siting of wind farms, increase power production and reduce loads.

Focused on the lowest part of the atmosphere, we develop and use scanning wind lidars to validate meteorological theories and models relevant for wind energy. We also sense offshore winds by satellite in order to understand flow around wind farms. We characterize turbulence and precipitation which create adverse conditions for wind turbines.


  • Boundary-layer meteorology
  • Remote sensing of wind and other quantities relevant for wind energy
  • Anemometry
  • Experimental meteorology
  • Applied photonics


  • Analysis and interpretation of meteorological observations
  • Remote sensing of wind with profiling, turbine mounted, and scanning Doppler lidars
  • Analysis and interpretation of satellite data

Research area & applications

  • Doppler lidars for research in wind resources, wind turbine control, wind tunnels, and flow around wind turbines and other objects
  • Extraction of wind resources, flow patterns, waves, precipitation, and sea temperature offshore and land surface characteristics from satellites
  • Experimental validation of theories and models of flow in the atmosphere and around wind turbines

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