The RFORE will feature a meteorological tower that will provide in situ measurements at multiple levels to at least 100 m above the sea surface. In addition, several remote-sensing systems including lidars and radars will provide atmospheric wind and thermodynamic measurements throughout the marine atmospheric boundary layer and above. Various measures of sea state and sub-surface structure will also be include, and the platform is expected to ultimately incorporate environmental measurements as well. All data collected as part of the core instrumentation for the facility will be discoverable and freely available for download from the data management facility.
The RFORE is expected to provide a rich and continuing set of data as well serve as a host platform for periodic intensive field studies. The data will allow increased understanding of the behavior of the boundary layer, including the physics controlling the wind and turbulence profiles in non-equilibrium conditions; seasonal and inter-annual variability of wind and sea conditions, including extreme events; and the degree to which models capture or are capable of capturing the spectrum of these conditions. This presentation will review the planned capabilities of the RFORE and discuss several of the renewable energy applications for which we expect its data to be used.