Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy development is important for the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The success of renewable energy depends strongly on environmental sciences for forecasting and resource assessment.

Betsy Weatherhead is currently working with NOAA, DOE, NASA and NSF to define roles for government, academia and private industry to play in renewable energy. Her background in solar radiation, wind forecast verification and atmospheric science allow her to engage colleagues across disciplines to improve renewable energy usage.

Key issues including: improved forecasts, intelligent siting, and new measurements are issues of common interest to the success of renewables, particularly wind and solar power.

Dr. Weatherhead's presentation at AMS 2010 on the role of atmospheric sciences in renewable energy.