The IMPOWR project (Improving the Mapping and Prediction of Offshore Wind Resources) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DE-EE000537) and lead by SUNY's Stony Brook University. Our goal is to improve the treatment of the boundary layer winds in mesoscale models, such as the Weather Research and Forecast (WRF) model, via measurements and ensemble modeling. The project uses ocean and atmospheric measurements taken at an offshore meteorological tower (owned by Cape Wind) and by a Long-EZ research aircraft to validate the WRF model.  



Archer, C. L., B. A. Colle, D. L. Veron, F. Veron, and M. J. Sienkiewicz, 2016: On the predominance of unstable atmospheric conditions in the marine boundary layer offshore of the U.S. northeastern coast. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, doi: 10.1002/2016JD024896. [pdf]

Colle, B. A., M. J. Sienkiewicz, C. L. Archer, D. L. Veron, F. Veron, W. Kempton, and J. E. Mak, 2016: Improving the Mapping and Prediction of Offshore Wind Resources (IMPOWR): Experimental overview and first results. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00253.1. [pdf]


We discovered in summer 2012 that the arms of the 60-m Cape Wind meteorological tower were in too poor shape to even be climbed!

Cape Wind rusted arm

Featured Faculty

Cristina Archer

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Professor Physical Ocean Science and Engineering

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