Charting the Wind
As part of the WindSentinel's pre-deployment testing in November 2011, the Vindicator's Laser Wind Sensor (LWS) technology was calibrated using data from a nearby stationary source, NOAA’s Muskegon MET Station.
The graph at left compares wind speed measurements recorded while the WindSentinel was stationed in Muskegon Lake, a few hundred meters from the MAREC facility. The red line shows measurements recorded by NOAA’s Muskegon MET Station using anemometer cups. The black line shows the Vindicator measurements from the WindSentinel recorded by Laser Wind Sensor (LWS) technology.
Preliminary results indicate a moving platform with LWS technology can accurately measure wind speed. Minor variances shown on this graph are explained by the different wind profiles in the two different instrument locations.
Real-time data will be transmitted from the research buoy to a shore station where it will be evaluated and analyzed by researchers in Grand Valley’s Padnos College of Engineering and Computing.
From there the remote sensing data will be forwarded to researchers at the University of Michigan’s, Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute (MMPEI) and the Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) of Michigan State University Extension for more comprehensive analysis and integrated assessments on a variety of research topics. MMPEI research topics include wind modeling, thermo fluid analysis, wind, wave and ice climatology. Work at MNFI will focus on bird and bat studies.
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