Dr. Wei Yu

Unit Head - Wind Energy Forecasting

Current research and/or projects

Research on wind characterization at time scales from minutes to decades

  • Research on statistical-dynamical downscaling methods for wind resource assessment
  • Research on numerical modeling for wind energy forecasting
  • Research on extreme weathers (strong winds, extreme temperature, icing events, etc.) and their prediction

Professional activities / interests

Adjunct professor, Université de Moncton

Member of the WESNet (Wind Energy Strategic Network), Theme 1: Wind Resource Assessment

Education and awards

R.J. Templin Award, Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), 2005

Ph.D. (1993), Meteorology, Université Blaise Pascal, France

M.Sc. (1988), Physics of the atmospheric water cycle, Université Blaise Pascal, France

B.Sc. (1983), Radar and satellite meteorology, Nanjing Institute of Meteorology, China

Key publications

Yang, J., K. F. Jones, W. Yu, Robert Morris, 2012: Simulation of in-cloud icing events on Mount Washington with the GEM-LAM. J. of Geophys. Res. - Atmospheres, (In press)

Bedard, J., W. Yu, Y. Gagnon, and C. Masson, 2012: Development of a geophysic model output statistics module improving short-term numerical wind predictions over complex sites. Wind Energy, (In press).

Beaucage, P., A. Glazer, J. Choisnard, W. Yu, M. Bernier, R. Benoit, and G. Lafrance, 2007: Wind assessment in a coastal environment using synthetic aperture radar satellite imagery and a numerical weather prediction model. Can. J. Remote Sensing, Vol. 33, No. 5, 368-377.

Yu, W., R. Benoit, C. Girard, A., Glazer, D. Lemarquis, J.R. Salmon, and J.-P. Pinard, 2006: Wind Energy Simulation Toolkit (WEST): A Canadian wind mapping and forecasting system for wind energy industry. Wind Engineering. Volume 30, No. 1, 15-33.

Pinard, J.P., R. Benoit, and W. Yu, 2005: A WEST Wind Climate Simulation of the Mountainous Yukon. Atmosphere-Ocean. 43(3), 259-282.

Benoit, R., N. Kouwen, W. Yu, S. Chamberland, and P. Pellerin, 2003: Hydrometeorological aspects of the real-time ultrafinescale forecast support during the special observing period of the MAP. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 7(6), 877-889

Benoit, R., C. Schar, P. Binder, S. Chamberland, H.C. Davies, M. Desgagne, C. Girard, C. Keil, N. Kouwen, D. Luthi, D. Maric, E. Muller, P. Pellerin, J. Schmidi, F. Schubiger, C. Schwierz, M. Sprenger, A. Walser, S. Willemse, W. Yu, and E. Zala, 2002: The real-time ultrafinescale forecast support during the Special Observing Period of the MAP. Bull. of the Amer. Meteo. Soc. (BAMS), 85, 85-109.