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Site Assessments in Cold and Alpine Environments for Wind Power Generation Plymouth State University/NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate

James Koermer, Science PI, Plymouth State University

NASA Technical Monitor: Dr. Mario Vargas, Glenn Research Center

For this study, icing detectors and radiometers were located on Mt. Washington and the nearby Mt. Washington Auto Road; the icing detectors provide an estimate of supercooled liquid water content within a cloud volume, the radiometer indicates the volume of both frozen and liquid water, and the celiometer determines the height of the cloud base.

Icing Assessments in Cold and Alpine Environments was designed to develop data, tools and techniques to model ice accretion in cold alpine environments. This study focused on the Presidential Range of New Hampshire, known for its complex terrain and meteorology. Ice detectors located throughout New England provided validation for icing forecast models. The primary collaborators, Plymouth State University (PSU), the U.S. Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) and Mount Washington Observatory (MWO) extended their research capabilities with support from NASA Glenn Research Center, who provided a radiometer and accompanying technical support, NASA Langley Research Center, who provided satellite data useful in identifying probable icing events, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, who contributed to modeling efforts. CRREL researchers had support from the National Weather Service in Burlington, VT. Researchers improved their knowledge of microwave radiometry and refined their modeling of cloud microphysics. MWO, with a decades-long history of weather data collection, expanded their capabilities and increased skills in installation and operation of this suite of instruments. Students were included in this project from beginning to end, resulting in six student Master’s theses using research from this project: five from PSU and one University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Numerous student conference presentations were based on this research, and three different CRREL scientists served on M.S. committees of PSU students working on this project. At last report, each of these students has continued work in a STEM field, with employers including: Univ. of Wisconsin Cooperative Inst. for Meteorological Satellite Studies, University of Utah Atmospheric Science Dept., National Weather Service, SUNY Oswego, Iowa State University, and CRREL.



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