Mapping Wind Energy as Art
31 Mar, 2012
Engineers Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viégas from Google have produced as astounding personal art project called the Wind Map. It is a live visual demonstration of wind patterns in the United States.
According to their website, “Surface wind data comes from the National Digital Forecast Database. These are near-term forecasts, revised once per hour. So what you’re seeing is a living portrait. And for those of you chasing top wind speed, note that maximum speed may occur over lakes or just offshore.”
If anyone still harbors doubts about the usefulness of wind as an energy source, this map should allay them.
Below is a video capture of the map in action. Click here to visit the live site.