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Example: Mapping the US eastern offshore wind power resource

The following pages give an example of how maps of wind resources, bathymetry, and legal zones can be overlaid to find the potential offshore wind sites. This is an example, not a definitive result, because it depends on imprecise approximations (especially of wind speed), looks only at shallow waters, and leaves out critical variables. However, it nicely illustrates the method of crossing diverse data sets, essential to understanding and mapping the offshore wind resource. These maps are from Bruce Bailey and Skip Brennan from a conference paper "Making the Case for Offshore Wind Energy Development in the U.S.--A Comparison of Land Versus Offshore Offshore Potential", presented at the conference "Global Windpower", Chicago, 2004 (reproduced here by permission of Bruce Bailey). These web pages contain our analysis and interpetation; the citation only referrs to our using their figures. Click on the link below to see the first of three maps.

Click here to begin; the first maps give wind speed.