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. Extensions of the time series from 2014 up to and including August 2019 are available in another dataset within the KNMI data centre.


Dataset name KNW-NetCDF-TS
Dataset version 1.0
Status completed
Last metadata update March 28, 2022, 12:43 (UTC)
Update frequency notPlanned
License https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
North bound latitude 55.0
East bound longitude 8.0
South bound latitude 50.0
West bound longitude 1.0
Dataset edition 6
Dataset manager Andrew Stepek
Maintainer KNMI Data Services
Publication timestamp 2015-05-24T10:41:07Z
Reference system identifier EPSG4326
Dataset start time 1979-01-01
Dataset end time 2014-01-01
Identifier urn:xkdc:ds:nl.knmi::KNW-NetCDF-TS/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 https://www.knmiprojects.nl/projects/knw-atlas
Use limitation No use limitations
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