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Potential climate change impacts on wind resources in Oklahoma: A focus on future energy output


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Scope and Method of Study: The current study focused on the potential climate change effects on wind resources in Oklahoma. This was a quantitative study that involved Global Climate Model output, Oklahoma Mesonet data, and electric power-curve characteristics for a commercial wind turbine. The analyses were done in Microsoft Excel and Geographical Information Systems. Essentially, the goal of the study was to examine how human-caused climate change might increase or decrease wind speeds, therefore affecting energy output, in the future.

Findings and Conclusions: The findings of the current study include increasing wind speeds for every season, except for fall, from 2039 through 2070. Furthermore, electricity generated from these wind velocities increased at Centennial Wind-farm and Weatherford Wind Energy Center wind-farm over the same time period. The findings of this study could have a significant impact on Oklahoma's wind power industry.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Climate Change;
Statistics;
Meteorology;
Energy
Classification
0404: Climate Change
0463: Statistics
0557: Meteorology
0791: Energy
Identifier / keyword
Applied sciences; Pure sciences; Earth sciences; Climate change; IPCC; NARCCAP; Oklahoma Mesonet; Spatial statistics; Wind power
Title
Potential climate change impacts on wind resources in Oklahoma: A focus on future energy output
Author
Dryden, James Mack, Jr.
Number of pages
101
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
0664
Source
MAI 49/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124713441
Advisor
Stadler, Stephen
Committee member
Comer, Jon; Greene, Scott
University/institution
Oklahoma State University
Department
Geography
University location
United States -- Oklahoma
Degree
M.S.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1495046
ProQuest document ID
877965378
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/877965378
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