Metocean Data

This site contains a database of meteorological and ocean conditions for use in offshore wind energy research and design. These data are intended to provide a standard basis of comparison for meteorological and ocean conditions for offshore wind energy research worldwide.

The original data are from 23 ocean sites around the USA and were obtained from the National Data Buoy Center run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The data are presented in a processed form that includes the variables of interest for offshore wind energy design: wind speed, significant wave height, wave peak-spectral period, wind direction and wave direction. For each site, a binning process is conducted to create conditional probability functions for each of these variables. The sites are then grouped according to geographic location and combined to create three representative sites, including a West Coast site, an East Coast site and a Gulf of Mexico site.

  • Stewart, G. M., Robertson, A., Jonkman, J., and Lackner, M. A. "The creation of a comprehensive metocean data set for offshore wind turbine simulations." Wind Energy, 19 (2016): 1151–1159. doi: 10.1002/we.1881.
  • Distribution Parameters
    This spreadsheet contains the probability distribution parameters for the individual and representative sites described in the Wind Energy article listed above.
  • NOAA Buoy Data
    This archive contains processed data from 23 ocean sites around the USA. The data were obtained from the National Data Buoy Center, which is run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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If you want to refer to this website in a report, here is a reference you can use:
NWTC Information Portal (Metocean Data).  https://nwtc.nrel.gov/metocean. Last modified 04-May-2016 ; Accessed 22-March-2017