Meteorological observations in tall masts for the mapping of atmospheric flow in Norwegian fjords

Furevik, Birgitte Rugaard; Ágústsson, Hálfdán; Borg, Anette Lauen; Midjiyawa, Zakari; Nyhammer, Finn; Gausen, Magne

Since 2014, 11 tall meteorological masts have been erected in coastal areas of mid-Norway in order to provide observational data for a detailed description of the wind conditions at several potential fjord crossing sites. The planned fjord crossings are part of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) Coastal Highway E39 project. The meteorological masts are 50–100 m high and located in complex terrain near the shoreline in Halsafjorden, Julsundet and Storfjorden in the Møre og Romsdal county of Norway. Observations of the three-dimensional wind vector are made at 2–4 levels of each mast with a temporal frequency of 10 Hz. The dataset is corroborated with observed profiles of temperature at two masts, as well as observations of precipitation, atmospheric pressure, relative humidity and dew point at one site. The first masts were erected in 2014, and the measurement campaign will continue until at least 2024. The current paper describes the observational setup, and observations of key atmospheric parameters are presented and put in context with observations and climatological data from a nearby reference weather station. The 10 min and 10 Hz wind data, as well as other meteorological parameters, are publicly available through the Arctic Data Centre (; Furevik et al., 2019).



Furevik, Birgitte Rugaard / Ágústsson, Hálfdán / Borg, Anette Lauen / et al: Meteorological observations in tall masts for the mapping of atmospheric flow in Norwegian fjords. 2020. Copernicus Publications.


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