The KNW (KNMI North Sea Wind) atlas is based on the ERA-Interim reanalyses dataset which captures more than 40 years (January 1979 - August 2019) of meteorological measurements and generates 3D wind (temperature, etc) fields consistent with these measurements and the laws of physics. Read the manual at the KNW website: https://www.knmiprojects.nl/projects/knw-atlas. This dataset is downscaled using the state-of-the-art weather forecasting model, HARMONIE with a horizontal grid of 2.5 km. The vertical profile of wind speed was calibrated against the 200 m tall Cabauw measurement mast to obtain a single wind shear correction coefficient which was applied throughout the whole dataset. The result is a high resolution dataset of more than 40 years: the KNW dataset. The model statistics in this specific dataset cover the original 35 year period of the KNW Atlas.


Dataset version 1.0
Status completed
Last metadata update December 5, 2023, 14:42 (UTC)
Update frequency notPlanned
License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
North bound latitude 55.0
East bound longitude 8.0
South bound latitude 50.0
West bound longitude 1.0
Dataset edition 8
Dataset manager Andrew Stepek
Maintainer KNMI Data Services
Publication timestamp 2015-06-12T08:38:45Z
Reference system identifier EPSG4326
Dataset start time 1979-01-01
Dataset end time 2014-01-01
Identifier urn:xkdc:ds:nl.knmi::KNW-ENDUSER-PACK/1.0/
Lineage statement Every 6 hours the ERA-Interim Re-analysis initializes the HARMONIE Weather Model cycle 37h1.1 throughout the whole of the model domain. The atlas is comprised of the successive 1-6 hour HARMONIE forecasts after each 6 hourly cold start.
Supplemental information KNW website: https://www.knmiprojects.nl/projects/knw-atlas
Use limitation No use limitations
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