Development of a Metocean Reference Site near the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Wind Energy Areas

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This project developed the first long-term U.S.-based offshore MetOcean Reference Site (MORS-1) by capitalizing on a unique combination of one of the few existing publicly available offshore wind energy metocean observational campaigns in the United States and the only existing research-grade offshore fixed tower. Data collected at MORS-1 has facilitated improved wind resource assessments, improved short-term power production estimates, and reduced costs for sensor validation and calibration efforts, which translate into reduced overall wind energy project risk and cost for developers. Now operational, MORS-1 serves the needs of both industry and researchers using a nonprofit, joint industry-academic partnership model. Led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the MORS-1 development effort focused on creating both a recognized organizational structure that will ensure support of the MORS-1 by the wider wind energy industry and research community, and a highly validated data collection and sensor validation facility that will serve as the premier location for cost- and uncertainty-reducing resource characterization and research efforts.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages39
StatePublished - 2023

Bibliographical note

This report was prepared by NREL and its project partners Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in the course of performing work contracted for and sponsored by the National Offshore Wind Research and Consortium (NOWRDC) under NOWRDC Contract No. #154677

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5000-87339


  • instrument validations
  • lidar buoy
  • MetOcean
  • offshore wind energy
  • reference station
  • site characterization
  • wind resource assessment


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