|Position Title||Resource Scientist|
|Alternate Title(s)||Atmospheric Scientist, Meteorologist, Wind Resource Engineer, Wind Resource Analyst, Site Engineer|
|Education & Training Level||Advanced, bachelor’s required, prefer graduate degree|
|Education & Training Level Description||Resource scientists need a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science, engineering, math, statistics or a closely related field for most positions. Those who work in research usually need a master’s degree or a Ph.D.|
|Brief job description||Resource scientists study weather, climate, and site conditions as they relate to the deployment of renewable energy technologies. Resource scientists use this data to create wind plant energy predictions and assess the placement and suitability of sites for turbine technology deployment.|
|Preferred Level of Education||Bachelor’s degree or higher|
|Preferred Level of Experience||See the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information.|
|Estimated/Expected Salary||See the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information.|
Resource scientists study weather, climate, and site conditions as they relate to the deployment of wind technology. Resource scientists use this data to create wind plant energy predictions and assess the placement and suitability of sites for turbine technology deployment.
Resource scientists monitor the atmosphere around a potential project to ensure that there is adequate wind to produce electricity at a desired rate of return. They assess site suitability, whether the wind or other weather conditions may be too extreme for viable wind development. These scientists take wind measurements over a period of months or years and use computer models to judge whether the wind is optimal for turbine operation. In addition, they help decide the placement of turbines to ensure that the greatest possible amount of energy is obtained from the wind at the lowest cost.
Resource scientists design and oversee instrument campaigns for resource assessment and wind plant siting. They develop reports and forecasts from their analysis of weather and climate data. Additionally, they have an understanding of characterizing wind power losses and uncertainties (array, availability, blade soiling and icing, electrical) from a typical wind farm layout. They calculate net energy generation distribution. This allows a wind developer/owner to predict energy production at a specific site and understand the consequent investment case.
Resource scientists in the wind industry typically do the following:
Many resource scientists work with other geoscientists or social scientists to help solve issues in areas such as commerce, energy, transportation, agriculture, and the environment. For example, resource scientists may work on teams with engineers and geologists to find the best locations for new wind plants.
A resource scientist in the wind industry should also be familiar with the following: