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Wind or Wind speed

Wind is the movement of air around the earth from areas of high pressure to low pressure. The direction given for the wind refers to the direction from which it comes. For example, a westerly wind is blowing from the west towards the east.

In detail

UKCP09 provides probabilistic projections for wind. However they are provided separately from other UKCP09 variables. This means that they cannot be used in conjunction with the other UKCP09 variables.

There are three possible alternative sources of projections of wind speed should a multi-variable analysis be required:

  1. The 17-member ensemble of variants of the Met Office GCM
  2. The 11-member ensemble of variants of the Met Office RCM
  3. The ensemble of other global climate models, available as part of the CMIP3 project

Data from the first two (Met Office GCM and RCM) are available from the Climate Impacts LINK project, operated by BADC. In the case of wind speed, the use of changes from the 11-member Met Office RCM ensemble is recommended in the first instance. Whilst the RCM wind speeds do not validate particularly well against current climate, the percentage changes in wind speed can be expected to be reasonably robust.

Find out more

  • The 11-member RCM data is described in the Reports & guidance section.
  • More details about the climate models used in UKCP09 are given in Box 2.1 in the UKCP09 Climate Change Projections report. A commentary about the strengths and weaknesses of climate models is given in Annex 3 of the report.
  • For an overview of how probabilistic projections are created and presented, see Box 3 of the UKCP09 Briefing report. More details are provided in Chapter 3 of the UKCP09 Climate Change Projections report, including an overview of the methodology in Section 3.2.12.
  • Recent trends in wind speed are presented in Chapter 2 of the Observed Trends report.
  • The 11-member RCM dataset  is available on the BADC's LINK website.
  • The  CMIP3 multi-model dataset  can be freely accessed for non-commercial purposes via the CMIP3 website.