Seasonal Wind Prediction for the Energy Sector
Designed for the wind energy sector, Project Ukko aims to support wind farm operators and wind energy traders in making decisions, such as when to plan maintenance and where to invest in new wind farms.The interactive browser application allows exploring the data. For example, users can;
- Understand the wind level predictions through visualised patterns of data collected since 1981
- Locate regions with relatively high or low wind level predictions
- Identify whether a specific region has existing wind farms
This was enabled through intuitively and beautifully visualised interface (designed by Moritz Stefaner); Lines on the map show three things at the same time. Opacity shows the predicted strength based on data in the past, its width demonstrates wind speed, and its angle and color predict change in wind speed. Each line can be selected for more information on a specific area.
"The natural environment and human health, infrastructure, food security and access to fresh water are all vulnerable to variations in climate, this presents a hazard and also an opportunity that will increase as the climate changes. Predictions for the coming months or season can help answer the urgent need to adapt to extreme weather events." The art and design company FutureEverything, climate scientists from Met Office and the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre worked together in order to understand the challenge of creating climate services that are useful, usable and effective. They are partners in EUPORIAS, Europe’s flagship project supporting the uptake of climate forecast services.