Wind lidar in cold climates

16 November 2019
16 November 2019 Andrew Clifton

Wind Lidar in cold climates

Wind lidar have been used succesfully in cold climates for many years. They have potential advantages over traditional met towers because they can be less prone to icing than traditional anemometers, and they are also easier to install in remote or hard-to-reach locations. There are also challenges with their use in cold climates such as keeping them ice- and snow-free, and of providing power supplies. Most of the challenges can be mitigated, meaning that there are opportunities for the wind energy community to exploit their advantages.

Task 32 (Wind Lidar) and Task 19 (Wind Energy in Cold Climates) are now launching a Working Group to document the state of the art and identify ways to support the continued deployment of wind lidar in cold climates.


Task 32 (Wind Lidar) and Task 19 (Wind Energy in Cold Climates) are launching a collaboration to foster the use of wind lidar in cold climates. These uses include measuring wind characteristics and extend to applications such as using wind lidar to produce icing estimates.

Over the next 2 years a joint working group will come together to identify the state of the art and make joint progress towards effective use of wind lidar in cold climates. The Working Group will draft and execute a work plan with support from the Task 32 and Task 19 Operating Agents.

We invite anyone interested in contributing to the group to get in touch with the Working Group’s coordinator, Nicolas Jolin at Nergica


The following timeline is a draft and subject to revision by the Working Group. We also welcome your feedback.

Please check back for updates!

11-12 Dec 2019

Task 32 General Meeting

See this page for more information.

17 Dec 2019

Show interest

If you are interested in participating, please contact Nicolas Jolin at Nergica.

Mid Jan 2020

Conference call #1

Registered participants will be invited to a conference call to briefly present their experience and goals for collaborating through the Working Group.

February 2020


Kick-off of the joint working group, including identifying a high-value outcome(s) and the suggested plan for achieving this goal
The following dates and activities are tentative and will be revised by the Working Group

Q2 2020

State-of-the-Art report

Release of a short summary of the state of the art (following the Task 32 short report format e.g. DOI://10.5281/zenodo.3482839)

October 2020

IEA Task 32 and Task 19 General Meeting

Presentation of work so far and joint working sessions with Task 32 and Task 19 members at a joint Task 32 and Task 19 General Meeting

Q4 2021


Close out of the Working Group and documentation of results

For more information

Please contact Nicolas Jolin at Nergica.

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