Investigation of wind speed trend changes in central Iran using ECMWF Reanalysis data

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1 PhD student in Meteorology, Shahid Beheshti University, Faculty of Earth Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Shahid Beheshti University (SBU)


Investigation of wind speed trend changes in central Iran using ECMWF Reanalysis data

Extended Abstract

Among climate variables, wind has a skewing role due to its high spatio-temporal variability and its role in other parameters such as air temperature. It is important to study wind changes in different ways so as wind speed decreases its energy and consequently increases urban pollution. Reducing the wind speed also reduces heat transfer, viscosity between the earth's surface and the atmosphere, and ultimately increases the temperature. Decreasing wind speeds at night, especially in winter nights, cause the Earth to radiate inversion. Increasing wind speeds will also result in high winds, tornadoes and damage to affected areas. Also, wind speed is one of the important components in combinatorial equations to estimate evapotranspiration and any trends in wind speed will also affect the water requirement of plants.
As discussed, wind is a very important climatic parameter, but its study in particular is changing its course with limitations such as inaccessibility of homogeneous time series and long term data with inadequate stations. Station data, on the other hand, can also be affected by discontinuities associated with changes in measuring equipment, station location, or different measurement methods. To overcome these limitations, the re-analyzed global meteorological dataset, available for a long period, is useful for meteorological studies. In recent years, these databases have also been used for various wind energy applications.
The purpose of this study was to evaluate wind speed changes and trends in central Iran and since most of the area is arid and insufficient stations, ECMWF database data were used. The results of this study can be useful for studies on climate change, agriculture and renewable energies.

Research Methodology
The study area is Central Iran. Central Iran is said to be bounded on the north by the Alborz Mountains, on the west and south by the Zagros Mountains, and on the east by the dispersed Khorasan Mountains. Much of central Iran has warm and dry climates that are milder and humid in the highlands. In this study, four provinces of central Iran were selected and evaluated for wind changes.
Two groups of data were used in this study. 1- Wind speed data from Synoptic stations and 2- Wind speed data from ECMWF ERA-Interim version with spatial resolution of 0.75 × 0.75 °. Kolmogorov-Smirnov (K – S) test confirmed the normality of the data and the missing data were reconstructed using linear interpolation method. Synoptic station data were also used to validate the ERA-Interim ECMWF database data. Coefficient of determination (R2), Mean bias error (MBE) and root-mean-square error (RMSE) of open data analysis of ECMWF database ERA-Interim were used for wind speed trend in central Iran with nonparametric Mann-Kendall test. Was evaluated.

Results and discussion
Minimum wind clock speeds are only less than 2 meters in November (1.98) and December (1.96). In other months this fluctuates between 2.01 and 2.59 meters. The maximum wind speeds were also between 3.43 and 5.90 meters, respectively, from November to July, respectively. During the warmer months of June (Jun, July and August) the maximum wind speed is more than 5 meters. The average wind speed is also presented in this table, based on the results of the long-term minimum wind speed in central Iran with a mean of 2.83 meters in January and its maximum with a value of 3.95 meters in July. On this basis, it can be said that during the cold period of the year in central Iran, the wind speed is slower, as the hot months of the year ahead, the wind speed will increase. The average annual wind speed was 3.19 meters. Among the seasons and months studied, winter showed the highest intensity of the trend of increasing wind speed (Z-score of 4.916 Mann-Kendall test), which is significant at 99% level. The focus of the maximum wind speed increase trend is in Semnan province, and as we move from January to March, the intensity of the trend increases. The highest percentage of incremental trend zones is in February, with 92.20% of central Iran showing an increasing trend of wind speed this month. June with 80.52% of the upward trend zones after March accounted for most of the areas with upward wind speeds in the spring. In contrast to the upward trend zones that peaked in January but the maximum upward trend intensities in April reached the Mann-Kendall Z test score of 4.031, which was statistically significant at 99%.

The results showed that the ECMWF database is well suited for wind clock evaluation. The Shahroud, Yazd and Kerman stations showed maximum coefficient of determination (R2) and minimum error. Yazd and Kerman also showed less deviation from synoptic stations. Minimum wind speeds in November and December and maximum wind speeds were calculated in July and June. The mean wind speed was calculated based on the ECMWF results of 19.1 m / s. The average wind speed in central Iran is directly related to the air temperature and season. Generally, during the cold season of the year the wind speed from south to north and during the warm season from north to south of central Iran is increased due to the location of arid regions such as Dasht-e Kavir in the north and Dasht-e Lut in the south of the study area. The trend of the wind clock in central Iran has shown that the maximum intensity of the trend of increasing wind speed is in the winter of March (Mann-Kendall Z test score of 4.916) which is significant at 99% level. Also, the maximum decreasing trend with the Z-score of Man-Kendall test is -2.73 in December. The upward trend of wind speeds in more than 50 percent of central Iran in 10 months of the year, while only in October and February, is the decline observed in more than 50 percent of the study area. Since the most important factor in reducing or increasing wind speed is pressure gradient changes, wind speed variations can be a sign of climate change.

Keywords: Wind speed, ECMWF base, Mann-Kendall nonparametric test, Central Iran.


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Volume 52, Issue 3
October 2020
Pages 481-498
  • Receive Date: 05 January 2020
  • Revise Date: 18 April 2020
  • Accept Date: 18 April 2020
  • First Publish Date: 22 September 2020