GIS-based spatial wind mapping using satellite data in Iraq

Abstract

Energy demands are increasing and the availability of fossil fuels is decreasing. Therefore scientists focus more on renewable energy. The study of wind characteristic must be conducted and also spatial wind mapping are important before developing systems for wind energy. Spatially wind mapping provide informative image for wind data. We aim to spatially mapping of wind data in Iraq at different heights. GIS-based mapping of wind provide us a geographical distribution which make it useful for decision making and also wind energy planning development. The mapping of wind speed was achieved to determine the potential areas in Iraq at different heights. Interpolation is achieved by the Kriging method. The coordinate system is based on the World Geodetic System (WGS).