PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2021, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (9): 1528-1539.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2021.09.008

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Simulation and analysis of wind speed and direction of unmanned aerial vehicle route in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region based on high resolution model

ZHONG Ruomei1(), WEN Xiaohang1,*(), XU Chenchen2,3,4   

  1. 1. Chengdu University of Information Technology, Plateau Atmosphere and Environment Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Chengdu 610200, China
    2. State Key Laboratory of Resources and Environmental Information System, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    3. The Research Centre for UAV Application and Regulation, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    4. Institute of UAV Application Research, Tianjin and CAS, Tianjin 301800, China
  • Received:2020-11-27 Revised:2021-02-15 Online:2021-09-28 Published:2021-11-28
  • Contact: WEN Xiaohang;
  • Supported by:
    National Key Research and Development Program of China(2017YFB0503005);National Natural Science Foundation of China(41771388);Tianjin Intelligent Manufacturing Project(Tianjin-IMP-2018-2)


With the continuous opening of China's low-altitude airspace, relying on the existing low-altitude flight weather support technology to provide services for low-altitude safe flight is to some extent insufficient, and it is also difficult to forecast wind speed that has the greatest impact on flight. Based on the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model mesoscale numerical model, this study simulated the wind speed and direction in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region from 2015 to 2019, then compared the simulation results with the observation data of the weather stations in order to provide simulation tools for the safety of drones flying on low-altitude routes in the region. The main conclusions are as follows: the WRF model can better simulate the seasonal trend of wind speed, the simulation result in the plain areas is better than in the mountainous areas, and the simulated wind speed in the mountainous areas is higher than the observed data but the error is within an acceptable range (RMSE<1.5 m·s-1). The minimum values of average wind speed and maximum wind speed both appear in the late summer, and the maximum average wind speed appears in spring (4.43 m·s-1 in the mountainous areas, 4.13 m·s-1 in the plain areas). The maximum wind speed fluctuates and increases in winter, spring, and early summer, begins to decrease in mid-summer, and decreases to a minimum in late summer and early autumn. Wind speed in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region is decreasing from northwest to southeast, the average wind speed at Potou Station (-0.02 m·s-1·(5 a)-1) and Tianjin Station (-0.02 m·s-1·(5 a)-1) showed a downward trend, the wind speed at other stations showed an upward trend, and Tangshan Station has the largest increase rate (0.08 m·s-1·(5 a)-1). With regard to the seasonal spatial distribution of wind speed, the average wind speed is mainly on the rise, and the station proportions are 45.45% in spring, 90.91% in summer, 63.63% in autumn, and 81.81% in winter. The prevailing wind in the plain areas is northeast-southwest; the wind direction of Huailai Station in the mountainous area is mainly in WNW direction (18.70%) and W direction (15.01%), while the wind direction of Yuxian Station is mainly in N (16.79%) and NNW (12.03%). Compared with the plain areas, the number of strong winds with wind speed of 8.0 m·s-1 has increased significantly in the mountainous areas. At a height of 1000 m, the frequency of strong winds in the plain areas increased significantly and the growth rate was higher than in the mountainous areas, which is not conducive to UAV flight, and the probability of occurrence of wind speeds above 17.0 m·s-1 is also significantly higher than in the mountainous areas.

Key words: UAV, low altitude route, WRF model, wind speed, wind direction, Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region