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11. Rainspotting

Developing the ultimate weather atlas for rain and wind in the North Sea

A meeting with Iratxe Gonzalez Aparicio and Harald van der Mijle Meijer at the beach near Bergen aan Zee in the Netherlands on a sunny January day in 2023. To talk about rain and wind in the North Sea. Why? Because the PROWESS project is investigating the relationship between rainfall at the North Sea and the observed damage to rotor blades in existing wind farms. Iratxe and Harald know quite well how raindrops can damage the blade if they collide with the blade at high speed, but a complete correlated dataset of rainfall on the one hand and wind speed and direction on the other is not available. In PROWESS, a precipitation atlas will be made for the Dutch part of the North Sea, and this will be compared with erosion data from existing wind farms.

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