Improved extreme wind speed estimation for wind engineering applications

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The description of the extreme wind climate is an important step in the process of determining wind loads on structures. Factors that affect the estimation of extreme wind speeds include spatiotemporal data resolution, micrometeorological characterization, and extreme value statistics. Accounting for these factors inadequately can result in estimation differences that can exceed 50%. Issues associated with these factors are explained in detail and improvements in current estimation practice are outlined. Research presented in this paper shows that recent and ongoing progress makes it possible to produce significantly improved extreme wind speed estimates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)278-284
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics
StatePublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Extreme value estimation
  • Extreme wind speeds
  • Synoptic storms
  • Thunderstorms
  • Wind climate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Mechanical Engineering

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