Welcome to the official site for the Solar Resource Assessment and Forecasting Laboratory at the University of California, San Diego!

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We are an enthusiastic, diverse group of Masters, PhD, and Postdoctoral researchers working in the areas of solar forecasting and grid integration of renewable energy. We are led by Professor Jan Kleissl. As a group, our research encompasses three focuses: solar forecasting using numerical weather prediction; solar forecasting using sky-imager forecasting; and grid integration using solar forecasting, power modeling, optimization, and control. Please enter to learn more!

Our most recent publications:

  • [DOI] X. Zhong and J. Kleissl, “Clear sky irradiances using REST2 and MODIS,” Solar energy, vol. 116, pp. 144-164, 2015.
    [Bibtex]
    @article{Zhong2015,
    doi = {10.1016/j.solener.2015.03.046},
    url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2015.03.046},
    year = {2015},
    month = {jun},
    publisher = {Elsevier {BV}},
    volume = {116},
    pages = {144--164},
    author = {Xiaohui Zhong and Jan Kleissl},
    title = {Clear sky irradiances using {REST}2 and {MODIS}},
    journal = {Solar Energy}
    }
  • [DOI] N. Nazarian and J. Kleissl, “CFD simulation of an idealized urban environment: thermal effects of geometrical characteristics and surface materials,” Urban climate, vol. 12, pp. 141-159, 2015.
    [Bibtex]
    @article{Nazarian2015,
    doi = {10.1016/j.uclim.2015.03.002},
    url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2015.03.002},
    year = {2015},
    month = {jun},
    publisher = {Elsevier {BV}},
    volume = {12},
    pages = {141--159},
    author = {Negin Nazarian and Jan Kleissl},
    title = {{CFD} simulation of an idealized urban environment: Thermal effects of geometrical characteristics and surface materials},
    journal = {Urban Climate}
    }
  • [DOI] C. W. Chow, S. Belongie, and J. Kleissl, “Cloud motion and stability estimation for intra-hour solar forecasting,” Solar energy, vol. 115, pp. 645-655, 2015.
    [Bibtex]
    @article{Chow2015,
    doi = {10.1016/j.solener.2015.03.030},
    url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2015.03.030},
    year = {2015},
    month = {may},
    publisher = {Elsevier {BV}},
    volume = {115},
    pages = {645--655},
    author = {Chi Wai Chow and Serge Belongie and Jan Kleissl},
    title = {Cloud motion and stability estimation for intra-hour solar forecasting},
    journal = {Solar Energy}
    }
  • [DOI] M. S. Ghonima, J. R. Norris, T. Heus, and J. Kleissl, “Reconciling and validating the cloud thickness and liquid water path tendencies proposed by r. wood and j. j. van der dussen et al.,” Journal of the atmospheric sciences, vol. 72, iss. 5, pp. 2033-2040, 2015.
    [Bibtex]
    @article{Ghonima2015,
    doi = {10.1175/jas-d-14-0287.1},
    url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JAS-D-14-0287.1},
    year = {2015},
    month = {may},
    publisher = {American Meteorological Society},
    volume = {72},
    number = {5},
    pages = {2033--2040},
    author = {Mohamed S. Ghonima and Joel R. Norris and Thijs Heus and Jan Kleissl},
    title = {Reconciling and Validating the Cloud Thickness and Liquid Water Path Tendencies Proposed by R. Wood and J. J. van der Dussen et al.},
    journal = {Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences}
    }