Wind power distribution over the ocean
Article first published online: 8 JUL 2008
Copyright 2008 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 35, Issue 13, July 2008
How to Cite
2008), Wind power distribution over the ocean, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L13808, doi:10.1029/2008GL034172., , and (
- Issue published online: 8 JUL 2008
- Article first published online: 8 JUL 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 JUN 2008
- Manuscript Revised: 22 MAY 2008
- Manuscript Received: 4 APR 2008
- wind power density;
- remote sensing;
- air-sea interaction
 Probability distribution and power density of wind speed over global oceans are computed from eight years of QuikSCAT measurements. They describe the variation and higher moments of wind speed that are critical in relating the non-linear effects of wind on electric power generation capability, shipping hazard, and air-sea exchanges in heat, water, and greenhouse gases. The power density distribution confirms our general knowledge of atmospheric circulation related to mid-latitude storm tracks, trade winds, and monsoons. It also reveals regions of high wind power associated with flow distortion by land, wind channeled by land topography, and buoyancy effect on turbulent stress driven by ocean fronts.