Articles | Volume 9, issue 5
Research article
03 May 2016
Research article |  | 03 May 2016

Evaluation of three lidar scanning strategies for turbulence measurements

Jennifer F. Newman, Petra M. Klein, Sonia Wharton, Ameya Sathe, Timothy A. Bonin, Phillip B. Chilson, and Andreas Muschinski

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Remote sensing devices known as lidars are often used to take measurements at potential wind farm sites. These instruments are however not optimized for measuring turbulence, small-scale changes in wind speed. In this manuscript, the impact of lidar configurations and atmospheric conditions on turbulence accuracy is explored. A new method was developed to correct lidar turbulence measurements and is described in detail such that other lidar users can apply it to their own instruments.