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Remote sensing devices such as SODARs and LIDARs are playing an increasing role in the assessment of wind resource.  They use sound and lasers respectively, together with complex calculations based on doppler shift to measure wind parameters at heights much greater than those achieved by conventional mast installations. Remote sensing devices are typically capable of measuring the wind at heights which cover the full swept area of a modern wind turbine.
These new devices can be of tremendous assistance in developing a wind farm, as they are typically mobile and in addition to their capability of measuring at greater heights, they also measure aspects of the wind resource that a traditional met mast does not, such as vertical wind parameters. 
Remote sensing devices are not yet regarded as a bankable alternative to met mast data. However, they can still add considerable value to a development both as early stage prospecting devices (which typically do not require planning permission before deployment) and in reducing uncertainties associated with wind shear and modelling for sites which have an existing met mast.
WISE has managed LIDAR data in the past, and currently manages the data from 10 Second Wind Triton SODARs.  New and complex methods to manage this new form of data have been developed, along with innovative status and monthly reporting formats to ensure that this data is of the maximum value to our Clients.

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