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Modelling atmospheric icing: A comparison between icing calculatedwith measured meteorological data and NWP data
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, LUVAL. (vindenergi)
Weathertech Scandinavia AB. (vindenergi)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, LUVAL. (vindenergi)
2015 (English)In: Cold Regions Science and Technology, ISSN 0165-232X, E-ISSN 1872-7441, Vol. 119, 124-131 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this case study several periods of measured active icing events have been compared with calculated activeicing. Icing events from three winter seasons in Sweden have been selected as a base for studying how well acommonly used method to calculate icing can capture icing events, aswell as to try out a newapproach. Anotherpurpose is to enlighten parties interested in atmospheric icing of the challenges of calculating icing. For thosewith little knowledge of Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models it can be hard to understand why thereare differences between two models, or even the same model using different physical parameterisation schemes.In this study data fromtwoNWP models have been used to calculate icing, aswell as being compared with a newapproach using meteorological measurements to calculate icing. Using meteorological measurements to calculateicing is an interesting alternative as it is computationally less expensive than using aNWP model to generatethe necessary data.All tested methods could at times capture the dynamics of the measured icing, though there are on occasion largedifferences between the different calculated icing and also between calculations and measurements. This highlightsthe importance of having an understanding of NWP models when studying atmospheric icing; there canbe a large spread between different models, and also when using the same model with different schemes. Theresults show that calculated icing is comparable to measured icing and that the methodologies investigatedare viable options for calculating atmospheric icing.

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Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 119, 124-131 p.
Keyword [en]
Calculating atmospheric icing. Atmospheric icing. Icing measurements. Active icing.
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Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-260982DOI: 10.1016/j.coldregions.2015.07.003ISI: 000362381900011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-260982DiVA: diva2:849116
Vindforsk III - wind power in cold climates - V313
Swedish Energy Agency, Vindforsk III V313StandUp for Wind
Available from: 2015-08-27 Created: 2015-08-27 Last updated: 2015-11-03Bibliographically approved

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