New European Wind Atlas (NEWA)

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Note: This dataset is currently being integrated into windPRO 3.5.
Spatial domain for the NEWA mesoscale data. Image showing wind speeds on November 17th 2018.


The New European Wind Atlas (NEWA) is a high resolution mesoscale dataset that was modelled and provided by the NEWA consortium. NEWA was established as a ERANET+ project with a total budget of 13.1 million euros and it was executed over the years 2016-2019. One of the project outcomes was a comprehensive mesoscale modelling with a spatial coverage of the whole of the European Union and Turkey - and extending at least 100km from any known coastlines. 10 years of data has been made available in a temporal resolution of 30 minutes. A total of 1.37 million individual data-nodes (points) a available.

Dataset Overview

  • Content: Limited feature subset of the NEWA mesoscale dataset - but full spatial coverage (1.37 million nodes).
  • Spatial resolution: 3km
  • Temporal resolution: Timestep 30 minutes
  • Coverage: European Union and Turkey (see the map to the right)
  • Period: 10 years of data from 2009-01-01 to 2018-12-31
  • Update schedule: This dataset is not updated

Usage Notes

  1. Interested in other parameters: See a complete list and download these directly from the NEWA homepage: (time-series download is not directly possible)
  2. The mesoscale modelling in the NEWA project covered 30 years (1989-2018) - but currenly only the last 10 years has been made available to the public.
  3. Data validation: NEWA data was included as part the EMD data benchmarks for the EMD-WRF Europe+ dataset. Here different reanalysis and mesoscale data sources were compared to 300+ high-quality masts within the european domain. The validation report is freely available - here.

Dataset Parameters

The following parameters are available from the NEWA mesoscale data-subset in windPRO:

Table: Overview of NEWA Dataset Parameters (3km grid).
Parameter(s) Description Unit
time UTC time stamp YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM
T.100, T.200 Temperature in 100m and 200m agl degK
TKE.100 Turbulent Kinetic Energy in 100m agl (m/s)^2
WD.100, WD.200 Wind direction in 100m and 200m agl deg
WS.100, WS.200 Wind speed in 100m and 200m agl m/s

License and Attribution

This dataset is a subset of the NEWA mesoscale dataset that has been released under the Creative Commons By Atrribution 4.0 license (CC-BY-40) - As a part of the license conditions, the data-owner requires an attribution, such as:

Data obtained from the “New European Wind Atlas, a free, web-based application developed, owned and operated by the NEWA Consortium. 
For additional information see". Distribution through EMD and windPRO - EMD International A/S, 2021.

Required windPRO License and Modules

This dataset can be accessed from the most recent version of windPRO given that you hold an active service agreement and a license to the following modules:

  • Basis
  • Meteo

External Links and References

Acknowledgement and Credits

  1. Credits and Acknowledgement: The NEWA Consortium for the release of the NEWA mesoscale datasset as a free and open dataset.
  2. Integration of this dataset into EMD services was co-supported through the RECAST project ( which is co-funded by the Danish Innovation Fund