The Marine Data Exchange contains a wealth of
raw, cleaned and modelled wind data from various meteorological
masts, LiDAR systems and meteorological buoys around the UK.
Details of the data that are available on the Marine Data
Exchange are below (last updated 12/08/2016):
Why aren't the last 2 years' worth of data
Whilst we require wind farm developers to provide The Crown
Estate with data, we also recognise that the wind is what makes a
wind farm work commercially. Therefore there is a commercial
sensitivity around wind speed data for the owners and developers of
wind farms. To address this we agree a 2 year moratorium on the
release of wind data.
Rest assured though, once this 2 year period is over, we
endeavour to release the data as soon as practicable, subject to
discussions with the owners of the data of course.
Datasets from the following masts and lidars around the
UK are pending public release:
Masts: NOAH platform at Blyth, Rhy Flats,
Dogger Bank East and West, Hornsea, East Anglia North and South,
Teesside (operational phase), West of Duddon Sands (operational
LiDARs: Moray Firth (Z1 and Beatrice), Dogger
Bank, 2x Hornsea, Walney Extension, Burbo Bank Extension,
Why don't you have some data?
There are three main reasons we don't have some of the data:
We don't have the rights to access it.
This usually applies to older data that pre-dates our contractual
requirements to provide the data to us. Therefore we have no
licence to access the data.
The owner / operator of the data
hasn't yet provided it to us. We work with owners / operators to
ensure a smooth supply of data to us, but sometimes it can take a
little longer than expected. We're working on this and aim to have
a full and up-to-date set of data, released regularly to the
The data cannot be retrieved - this is
often the case for older data which were not provided at the time.
We have made reasonable steps to try and retrieve the data, but the
time that has passed since it was collected means that it has been
One of the above applies to the following masts: Thanet, Barrow,
Teesside (pre-construction), Robin Rigg, North Hoyle.