NEWS AND NOTES DECREASING WIN D SPEEDS tists use a regional model of Nort h members , there are three pos- AFFECT MORE THAN WIN D America's climate they've worked sibilities for the trend: changes in ENERGY with since the early 1990s, which instrumentatio n produced flawed In a stud y fro m Iowa State Univer- is a communit y model also utilized measurements ; the study did not sity, climate researchers foun d that by researchers worldwide. The account for land-us e changes that win d speeds across the country Iowa State researchers used the slowed wind s near instruments; or have decreased by an average of mode l to ru n long-term climate one consequence of ou r changing 0.5% to 1% each year since 1973. simulations. climate is slower winds. Whil e these findings affect the Wit h many of the models in- Th e researchers point out that wind power industry, the scientists dicating disparity, the model that the slower surface wind s can pro- poin t out there is more at stake, mos t closely matched the mea- vide significant problems beyond wit h implications for bot h crops surement s was their community
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Oct 1, 2009
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