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Sri Lanka Figure 1Effect of Climate Change on Global Wind Speed
The northwestern coastal area of Sri Lanka is identified as a region with substantial wind power potential. Its favourable geographical location and terrain contribute to higher wind power generation there. Presently, the Sri Lankan government is promoting wind power generation in the country. Long-term power generation predictions are required for evaluating the financial viability of wind power plants. Therefore, the impact of climate change on wind power generation is significant. Wind and climate variability are inextricably interconnected. However, although much attention is given to the potential effects of climate change on surface temperatures and precipitation, there has been comparatively minor discussion or analysis of changes in wind speed.
By Mahinsasa Narayana and Kethaki Wickramaarachchi, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

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