Articles | Volume 13, issue 9
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 2223–2238, 2013
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 2223–2238, 2013

Research article 11 Sep 2013

Research article | 11 Sep 2013

Wind shear over the Nice Côte d'Azur airport: case studies

A. Boilley1,2,* and J.-F. Mahfouf1 A. Boilley and J.-F. Mahfouf
  • 1GAME/CNRM (Météo-France/CNRS), UMR3589, 42, Av. G. Coriolis, 31057 Toulouse Cedex 1, France
  • 2Degréane-Horizon, 730 rue de l'initiative, 83390 Cuers, France
  • *now at: MINES ParisTech, O.I.E. – Observation Impacts Energy, CS 10207 06904 Sophia-Antipolis Cedex, France

Abstract. The Nice Côte d'Azur international airport is subject to horizontal low-level wind shears. Detecting and predicting these hazards is a major concern for aircraft security. A measurement campaign took place over the Nice airport in 2009 including 4 anemometers, 1 wind lidar and 1 wind profiler. Two wind shear events were observed during this measurement campaign. Numerical simulations were carried out with Meso-NH in a configuration compatible with near-real time applications to determine the ability of the numerical model to predict these events and to study the meteorological situations generating an horizontal wind shear. A comparison between numerical simulation and the observation dataset is conducted in this paper.

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