Evaluation of the near-surface wind field in RCA4

Daniel Kunne recently completed a four month internship at the Rossby Centre as part of his MSc studies at Wageningen University.

During this time he studied the representation of the offshore wind field at multiple locations across the North Sea, in which three runs of the RCA4 model are compared against station observations. Time series and statistical relations yield promising results, but reveal consistent model biases and differences in the nature of the wind. Classification of the static stability shows signs of the effect of horizontal resolution, wind surface stress, and possibly turbulent kinetic energy on the accuracy of the model.

Click here to read Daniel's report on his work at SMHI