USGS releases windFarm national wind turbine mapping tool

By on February 19, 2014

The U.S. Geological Survey has created an interactive mapping application that shows wind turbines across the United States, according to a release. The agency says it is the first of its kind.

The tool, called windFarm, was built using publicly available data. Locations of turbines were confirmed with satellite imagery. The USGS has also released a national dataset alongside the web tool. Both cover wind turbines in existence since July 2013.

The application will help the USGS in ongoing studies of wind energy, as well as the effects wind turbines have on wildlife. It was developed in response to the U.S. Department of Interior’s Powering Our Future initiative.

Image: Wind turbine (Credit: Diane Turner, via Flickr)

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