Patrick Bunn

Senior Research Scientist
Lead, Power Forecasting Group
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Environment and Natural Resources 2 Building - ENR2 Room N576

Expertise  I research improvements to solar and wind power forecasts developed for regional utility companies in the Southwest US. To enhance forecast accuracy, we use a combination of WRF modeling, post-processing, satellite data, and real-time telemetry from utility-scale power generation sites. We then integrate forecast developments into our operational forecast systems. Accurate and reliable power forecasts enable our regional utility sponsors to participate in the Western Energy Imbalance Market and help make better-informed decisions for site operations and management.

Catagories of Expertise: Atmospheric Modeling, Numerical Weather Prediction, Operational Forecasting for Solar and Wind Power Generation


  • Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona
  • M.Sc. Meteorology, Physical Oceanography and Climate Science, Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU), Utrecht University, NL
  • B.Sc., Meteorology and Climate Science, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, UK