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Why is it important to know where the turbines are?

Knowing the location of individual turbines, as well as information such as the make, model, height, capacity, and area of the turbine blades, creates new opportunities for research and improved siting, and is important information for land and resource management. For example, animal collisions with turbines are not equal within a wind farm. With turbine-specific data, researchers can study why some turbines produce more collisions than others and resource managers can use this information to develop more effective siting practices. In addition, large turbines can affect weather and air traffic radar. Knowing the specific location and height of turbines creates a better understanding of radar-wind issues and increases the effectiveness of planning both new radar and new wind locations.

Learn more:

USGS Wind Farm Mapping Application

USGS Energy Resources Program’s main wind energy research page


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