Articles | Volume 17, issue 23
Research article
01 Dec 2017
Research article |  | 01 Dec 2017

Spatiotemporal distribution of nitrogen dioxide within and around a large-scale wind farm – a numerical case study

Jingyue Mo, Tao Huang, Xiaodong Zhang, Yuan Zhao, Xiao Liu, Jixiang Li, Hong Gao, and Jianmin Ma

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Short summary
Wind power is known as one of the cleanest energies. However, wind farms can alter surface characters and meteorological conditions and can affect pollutant distribution around there. We reported an "edge effect" of air pollutants within and around a wind farm, higher concentrations of air pollutants in the adjacent upwind and border regions of a wind farm, and lower concentrations within and in the immediate downwind region. This will provide useful information for air quality forecasting.
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