Climate change impacts on mean wind speeds in South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Herbst, Lynette
dc.contributor.author Rautenbach, Hannes
dc.date.accessioned 2016-03-01T10:30:26Z
dc.date.available 2016-03-01T10:30:26Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.description.abstract Climate change could potentially affect a number of variables that impact the dispersal of and human exposure to air pollutants, as well as climate dependent sectors such as wind energy. This study attempted to quantify the projected changes in seasonal daily mean wind speeds for South Africa around the mid-21st century (2051-2075) under two different atmospheric heat pathways. Seasonal daily mean wind speed increases rarely reach 6% and decreases occur to a maximum of 3% and are variable between different seasons and areas within the country. In all seasons except December-January-February, wind speeds are projected to increase in the Highveld region, suggesting that air pollution dispersing conditions could increase. Wind direction at the 850hPa-level show minor changes, except over the Western and Eastern Cape provinces. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2015 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.cleanairjournal.org.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Herbst, L & Rautenbach, H 2015, 'Climate change impacts on mean wind speeds in South Africa', Clean Air Journal, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 17-25. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2410-972X
dc.identifier.other 10.17159/2410-972X/2015/v25n2a2
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/51626
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher National Association for Clean Air en_ZA
dc.rights This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. en_ZA
dc.subject Climate change en_ZA
dc.subject Wind speed en_ZA
dc.subject Air pollution en_ZA
dc.subject Mitigation en_ZA
dc.subject Climate models en_ZA
dc.title Climate change impacts on mean wind speeds in South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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