EMD-Global Wind Data (based on ERA-Interim)

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150 m wind speeds for a part of the ERA-Interim Domain

The "EMD-Global Wind Data (based on ERA-Interim)" is a global dataset processed by EMD with the purpose of providing a global dataset for use in wind farm projects. It contains wind data (speed and direction) as well as temperatures and pressures at typical wind turbine hub heights from 10 m to 200 m.

Data Source

The "EMD-Global Wind Data (based on ERA-Interim)" dataset is derived and processed from the ERA-Interim dataset. The ERA-Interim data is a recent global reanalysis dataset from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). The full ERA-Interim reanalysis dataset holds a variety of surface parameters for weather conditions as well as ocean-wave and land-surface conditions. A number of parameters describing the atmospheric conditions are also available. The dataset processed and provided by EMD covers a small processed subset, with focus on parameters relevant for wind-energy purposes.

Usage Notes:

  • The EMD-Global Wind Data (based on ERA-Interim) is discontinued at the end of 2019: The last month with ERA-Interim data was august 2019 as ECMWF has discontinued this dataset and replaced it with the ERA5 Data and ERA5T Data. EMD has ceased to update the EMD-ConWx data as the source data is not avaialble anymore. The EMD-WRF Europe+ (ERA5) dataset is already available as the natural, higher-quality successor for the EMD-ConWx dataset. Find more information here.
  • The ERA-Interim dataset has been used as the basis of the European EMD-ConWx Meso Data dataset, which provides reanalyzed ERA-Interim data in an increased spatial resolution. See the details on that dataset here.

Resolution, Coverage and Availability

  • Spatial Resolution: The model grid available to external data-users is 0.702 degree latitude and 0.703 degree longitude. Coverage is global.
  • Temporal Resolution: It holds four daily values in a period from 1979 until august 2019.

Required Modules / Licenses

To access the ERA time series data the following modules are required within in your WindPRO licence:

  • MCP

Downloading of the data is unrestricted for licensed users, however a "fair use" policy applies.

Data Processing and Dataset Parameters

EMD International has processed the raw ERA-Interim data by a simple, proprietary downscaling-procedure to provide the data at different physical heights covering 10 m - 200 m. Currently, the following parameters are available in the downloadable time series in WindPRO.

Table: Overview of EMD Dataset Parameters.
Parameter Description
time UTC time stamp (YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm)
wSpeed.x Wind speeds [m/s] at different physical levels (x).
Heights (x): 10m. 25m, 50m, 75m, 100m, 150m, 200m
wDir.x Wind directions [Deg] at different physical levels (x).
Heights (x): 10m. 25m, 50m, 75m, 100m, 150m, 200m
temp.x Temperatures [Deg C] at different physical levels (x).
Heights (x): 10m. 25m, 50m, 75m, 100m, 150m, 200m
pressure.x Pressures [hPa] at different physical levels (x).
Heights (x): 10m. 25m, 50m, 75m, 100m, 150m, 200m


An open-access journal paper is available. This paper by D.P.Dee et al., "The ERA-Interim reanalysis: configuration and performance of the data assimilation system" describes the dataset and configurations in more detail. Download your copy in pdf-format here.

External Links

Acknowledgement and License

Credits: The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts for the ERA-Interim data.
License: This data is distributed according to the license agreement for ECMWF archive products, see here.
Acknowledgement: ECMWF requests that the origin of the ECMWF archive product (ERA-Interim) is acknowledged in any scientific publications arising out of the use of the products (see Section #5 in the ECMWF archive product license conditions).