WHOI MetOcean Data Initiative 2016-2021

This data was collected by Kirincich and Cinquino as part of a Metocean monitoring campaign sponsored initially by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and presently by the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium (NOWRDC). The campaign was designed to observe key atmospheric and ocean parameters at an existing offshore platform in the proximity of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Wind Energy Areas. The campaign supported the purchase and installation of a LIDAR wind profiler, two cup anemometers and a wind direction vane at the MVCO Air-Sea Interaction Tower (ASIT). These instruments were installed and operated by WHOI and validated by UL-AWS Truepower following a MetOcean Measurement Plan created by UL-AWST, WHOI, and the MassCEC. All instruments were installed on WHOI's offshore tower in the fall of 2016 and operated continuously, as possible, through the end of 2020. After this time the project transitioned to become the MetOcean Reference Site (MORS-1), supported by the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium (NOWRDC). In fall 2021, a second UL-AWS Truepower validated LIDAR wind profiler was purchased and installed at WHOI's offshore tower. After a validation period, the original lidar was moved to a secondary land based site in Nantucket, MA.

LEOSPHERE WINDCUBE v2 was acquired from NRG Systems and deployed at WHOI's Air Sea Interaction Tower (ASIT). The WINDCUBE instrument is an industry approved LIDAR system for use in Wind Energy Resource Characterization studies. The choice of sensor was made in consultation with UL-AWS Truepower, the wind energy consultant advising MassCEC on its MetOcean Initiative. The lidar, serial number WLS7-436, was a leased model owned by NRG, the U.S. distributor for Leosphere. The instrument was installed at the platform level of the tower along an existing walkway that extends to the southwest, into the prevailing summer time wind direction relative to the center of the tower structure. The lidar connects directly to the ASIT's power and communications systems. Two separate deployments of the lidar were made as part of the study period. The first deployment spanned Oct. 7, 2016 to Dec. 28, 2018. The second deployment spanned Oct. 20, 2019 to Oct. 7, 2021. During the campaign period, the lidar was validated three times by NRG and once against an approved Tall Tower (see validation information). In 2021, a second wind profiling lidar was acquired from NRG Systems. After discussion with wind industry professionals and manufacturers, the decision was made to purchase a Zephir Ltd. ZX 300M Lidar. This lidar was tall tower validated (see validation information), and then deployed at the ASIT, next to the existing Leosphere Windcube. After a comparison period (see comparison report), the Windcube was relocated to a secondary land based site in Nantucket, MA. Data from both instruments is included in this repository. One deployment of the metocean sensors on the ASIT was made, spanning Nov. 2016 to present. Data from the two cup anemometers (at 26m amsl) and single wind direction vane (at 23m amsl) were combined with additional sensor data of air temperature, pressure, and Relative humidity (at 18m amsl) and ocean temperature and salinity (at 4m bmsl). These additional data were collected by various sensors and were maintained by WHOI or other ASIT users. Commissioning reports for both of the lidar deployments and the metocean sensors are included as part of this repository. See below or the commissioning reports for details of the sensors and sensor orientations, which differed between deployments.

Authors: Anthony Kirincich and Eve Cinquino

Citable URI:https://hdl.handle.net/1912/27014

DOI: 10.26025/1912/27014

The following data and metadata is available for download below:

  • Validation reports from a tall tower validation that was performed in August-September 2019.
  • Validation reports from a tall tower validation that was performed in May-July 2021.
  • Meteorological Tower Summary Data: Daily 10-minute average files of wind speed (23m amsl), wind direction (26m amsl), temperature, pressure, and relative humidity (18m amsl) and ocean temperature and salinity (4m bmsl).
  • Meteorological Tower Metadata: Metadata containing file headers, sensor information, and documentation of repairs.
  • Realtime, combined Lidar and Meteorological Tower Data, Quality Controlled and reformatted by AWS/UL: These data are the result of realtime data collection of files transmitted daily to AWS/UL, who performed QC analyses of the data and combined all data into a single *.xls file for each deployment month.

Lidar Summary Data: Daily 10-minute average files from 53-200m amsl (daily files in the Leosphere WindCube files in .sta format)

Lidar Raw Data: Raw 10-minute files of 1 Hz data files from 53-200m amsl (served in quarterly zipped files)

Lidar Metadata and Validation Reports

Meteorological Tower Summary Data (daily files in ascii text format)

Meteorological Tower Metadata and Summary Plots

Combined Lidar and Meteorological Tower Data, quality controlled and reformatted by AWS/UL (files in .xls format)

Recent Submissions

  • Commissioning form: Windcube Lidar WHOI ASIT Tower ZX300M 1166 

    Kirincich, Anthony R.; Cinquino, Eve (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2021-10-11)
    Unit is located on an Ocean met mast. There is a platform approximately 11 meter off the water line. with another 15 meters of lattice tower above it. The site is approximately 2.75 kilometers off the Southeast coast of ...
  • October-December 2021 Lidar raw data 

    Kirincich, Anthony R.; Cinquino, Eve (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2021)
    October-December 2021 Lidar raw data
  • July-September 2021 Lidar raw data 

    Kirincich, Anthony R.; Cinquino, Eve (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2021)
    This zipped content contains Lidar raw data: Raw 10-minute files of 1 Hz data files from 53-200m amsl from July-September 2021.
  • April-June 2021 Lidar raw data 

    Kirincich, Anthony R.; Cinquino, Eve (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2021)
    This zipped content contains Lidar raw data: Raw 10-minute files of 1 Hz data files from 53-200m amsl from April-June 2021.
  • Meteorological tower daily data 2021 

    Kirincich, Anthony R.; Cinquino, Eve (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2021)
    Meteorological tower daily data for 2021
  • Meteorological tower monthly summary data for 2021 

    Kirincich, Anthony R.; Cinquino, Eve (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2021)
    Meteorological tower monthly summary data for 2021
  • Comparison Report between LiDAR unit WLS7-436 and LiDAR unit ZX1166 

    Kirincich, Anthony R.; Cinquino, Eve (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2021-11-05)
    This report compares the wind characteristics of Lidar WLS7 436, a Windcube v2.0 lidar, and Lidar ZX1166, a ZX Lidars ZX300M, comprising part of the Met Ocean Reference Station (MORS-1) situated on the Air-Sea Interaction ...
  • Calibration Report of LiDAR unit ZX1166 

    Kirincich, Anthony R.; Cinquino, Eve (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2018-08-18)
    On behalf of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (“WHOI”), UL Services Group LLC (“UL”) conducted a verification1 of a ground-based remote sensing device (“RSD”) according to IEC 61400-12-1 Ed. 2 [1] Annex L. The Lidar ...
  • Meteorological Metadata 

    Kirincich, Anthony R. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2021-09-13)
    This data was collected by a team led by Kirincich as part of a Metocean monitoring campaign sponsored by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). The campaign was designed to observe key atmospheric and ocean ...
  • Lidar Metadata 

    Kirincich, Anthony R.; Cinquino, Eve (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2021-09-13)
    This data was collected by a team led by Kirincich as part of a Metocean monitoring campaign sponsored by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). The campaign was designed to observe key atmospheric and ocean ...
  • Commissioning form: Windcube V2 WLS7-436 WHOI ASIT Tower 

    Kirincich, Anthony R. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2017-03-10)
    Lidar is deployed on the Air Sea Interaction Tower (ASIT) offshore structure owned and operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI); Tower is approximately 2 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Station has a ...
  • Wind resource site commissioning form 

    Kirincich, Anthony R. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2016-12)
    The WHOI ASIT Tower station located approximately 2 miles southeast of Martha’s Vineyard. The met tower platform sits approximately 11m above the water line, depending on tide level. Site is accessed using a vessel ...
  • MetOcean monitoring plan 

    Kirincich, Anthony R. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2016-10-11)
    AWS Truepower (AWST) has been engaged by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) to develop monitoring campaign guidance in support of MassCEC’s “Metocean Initiative”. The goal of the Initiative is to “advance ...
  • Meteorological tower monthly summary data for 2020 

    Kirincich, Anthony R. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2020)
    Meteorological tower monthly summary data for 2020
  • Meteorological tower monthly summary data for 2019 

    Kirincich, Anthony R. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2019)
    Meteorological tower monthly summary data for 2019
  • Meteorological tower monthly summary data for 2018 

    Kirincich, Anthony R. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2018)
    Meteorological tower monthly summary data 2019
  • Meteorological tower monthly summary data 2017 

    Kirincich, Anthony R. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2017)
    Meteorological tower monthly summary data for 2017
  • Meteorological tower monthly summary data 2016 

    Kirincich, Anthony R. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2016)
    Meteorological tower monthly summary data for 2016
  • Commissioning form: Windcube Lidar WHOI ASIT Tower 

    Kirincich, Anthony R. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2019-10-20)
    The lidar is re-deployed on the south shelf of the ASIT diving board platform. The site is a three legged fixed tower situated 1 NL south of Martha’s Vineyard in 17 m of water.
  • Meteorological tower daily data 2020 

    Kirincich, Anthony R. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2020)
    Meteorological tower daily data for 2020

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