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AMS Short Course on Wind Energy Applications, Supported by Atmospheric Boundary Layer Theory, Observations and Modeling

1 August 2010, Keystone, CO

The AMS Short Course on Wind Energy Applications, Supported by Atmospheric Boundary Layer Theory, Observations and Modeling will be held on 1 August 2010 preceding the 19th AMS Boundary Layers and Turbulence Symposium in Keystone, CO. 

To address growing needs for electrical power with minimal greenhouse gas emissions, wind power capacity is blossoming around the world. Wind power capacity is projected to grow by an order of magnitude over the next twenty years. Several technical challenges will need to be addressed to facilitate the integration of this variable resource into power grids. These challenges include a fundamental understanding of the dynamics of the atmospheric boundary layer to enable wind resource assessment, improved wind forecasting, optimized wind farm design, and robust and reliable turbine design.
This short course will provide an introduction to the wind energy applications of boundary layer and turbulence theory, observations and modeling. The intended audience for the course includes graduate students and postdocs in atmospheric sciences and engineering, as well as scientists and engineers from academia and industry who seek to expand their knowledge of the atmospheric boundary layers processes relevant for the wind energy applications. Lectures will summarize the state of the boundary layer science, address current issues in the nexus of atmospheric science and wind energy, and outline future research directions. Ample opportunities for discussion will be integrated into the short course format.
Lecturers are recognized experts in the field from industry, national laboratories, and academia. A panel discussion including leaders in the wind energy industry will also address broader issues for wind energy in the future as well as highlighting potential career opportunities for atmospheric scientists in the wind energy industry.
The list of speakers with tentative titles of their lectures is given below.

  • Neil Kelley (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO): "Boundary layer turbulence and turbine interactions with a historical perspective."
  • Robert Conzemius (WindLogics, Grand Rapids, Minnesota): "Current practices and application areas of meteorological tools used in the wind energy industry, from resource assessment to short-term forecasting to seasonal forecasting."
  • Robert Banta (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, Colorado): "Innovative measurement techniques for wind energy applications including remote sensing techniques."
  • Julie K. Lundquist (University of Colorado/National Renewable Eenergy Laboratory, Boulder, Colorado): "Observational needs for improving data assimilation for forecasting and resource assessment."
  • Fotini (Tina) Katopodes Chow (University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California): "High resolution simulations of flow over complex terrain."
  • Gregory S. Poulos (V-bar, Salt Lake City, Utah): "Issues, opportunities, and future directions in wind resource forecasting and assessment.”

A luncheon will be provided during the short course.
For any questions regarding the short course please contact the organizer Branko Kosovic  (e-mail:


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