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      Offshore wind energy climate projection using UPSCALE climate data under the RCP8.5 emission scenario

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          Recently it was demonstrated how climate data can be utilized to estimate regional wind power densities. In particular it was shown that the quality of the global scale estimate compared well with regional high resolution studies and a link between surface temperature and moist density in the estimate was presented. In the present paper the methodology is tested further, to ensure that the results using one climate data set are reliable. This is achieved by extending the study to include four ensemble members. With the confidence that one instantiation is sufficient a climate change data set, which was also a result of the UPSCALE experiment, is analyzed. This, for the first time, provides a projection of future changes in wind power resources using this data set. This climate change data set is based on the Representative Concentration Pathways (RCP) 8.5 climate change scenario. This provides guidance for developers and policy makers to mitigate and adapt.

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          Assessing climate change impacts on the near-term stability of the wind energy resource over the United States

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            1510.02043
            10.1371/journal.pone.0165423

            http://arxiv.org/licenses/nonexclusive-distrib/1.0/

            Geophysics, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Environmental physics

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