UBC ATSC 313 Renewable Energy Meteorology

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None are required.  All content is free online.

When this course was created, a good textbook on renewable-energy meteorology did not exist.  For that reason, we created all the content online.  This online material is free for students registered in this UBC course.   

However, there are other textbooks that cover meteorology and climate-change in general, and yet others that cover engineering aspects of renewable-energy technology.  These books are listed below as a handy reference for you.  They are NOT required for this course.


Barry, R.G., 2008: Mountain Weather and Climate, 3rd Edition.  Cambridge Univ. Press / Routlege  ISBN 9780511754753.  doi:10.1017/CBO9780511754753 .  532 pp.

Markowski, P. and Y. Richardson, 2010: Mesoscale Meteorology in Midlatitudes.  Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-0470742136.  430 pp. 

Chow F.K., S.F.J. De Wekker, B. J. Snyder, 2013: Mountain Weather Research and Forecasting: Recent Progress and Current Challenges. Springer. ISBN 978-94-007-4097-6.  750 pp.

Stull, R., 2017: Practical Meteorology: An Algebra-based Survey of Atmospheric Science -version 1.02b. Univ. of British Columbia. 940 pages. isbn 978-0-88865-283-6 . Free online at: https://www.eoas.ubc.ca/books/Practical_Meteorology/ .

Stull, R.B., 1988: An Introduction to Boundary Layer Meteorology.  Springer, Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences Library 13.  ISBN 978-90-277-2769-5. 670 pp.

Wallace J.M. & P.V.Hobbs, 2006: Atmospheric Science: An Introductory Survey, 2nd Edition. Academic Press. ISBN 978-0127329512.  504 pp.

Whiteman, C.D., 2000: Mountain Meteorology: Fundamentals and Applications.  Oxford Univ. Press. ISBN 9780195132717.  355 pp.


Duan, Q., F. Pappenberger, A. Wood, H.L. Cloke, J.C. Schaake, 2019: Handbook of Hydrometeorological Ensemble Forecasting.  Springer.  eBook ISBN 978-3-642-40457-3.  1200 pp.

Sene, K., 2016: Hydrometeorology: Forecasting and Applications (2nd Ed).  Springer.  ISBN 978-3-319-79496-9. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23546-2.  427 pp.

Hydro Power Technical Books

Førsund, F.R., 2015: Hydropower Economics (2nd Edition). Springer. International Series in Operations Research & Management Science Volume 217.  ISBN 978-1-4899-7518-8.  326 pp.

Pandey B., A. Karki, 2016: Hydroelectric Energy: Renewable Energy and the Environment. Routledge / CRC Press. ISBN 9781439811672. 437 pp. 

Wind Power Technical Books

Anderson, C.G., 2020: Wind Turbines: Theory and Practice. Cambridge Univ. Press. ISBN 978-1-108-47832-8.  308 pp. 

Hansen, M.O.L., 2008. Aerodynamics of Wind Turbines, 2nd Edition. EarthScan. ISBN 978-1-84407-438-9. 181 pp.

Mathew S., 2006: Wind Energy: Fundamentals, Resource Analysis and Economics. Springer. ISBN 978-3-540-30905-5.  246 pp.

Maxwell J.F., J.G. McGowan, & A.L. Rogers: Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design and Application (2nd Edition). Wiley.  ISBN 978-0-47001-500-1 (hardcover) 689 pp. 

Nelson V. , K. Starcher, 2018: Wind Energy: Renewable Energy and the Environment (3rd Ed). Routledge / CRC Press.  ISBN 9781138615342.  326 pp.

Solar Power Technical Books

Duffie J.A. and W.A. Beckman, 2013: Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes, 4th Edition. Wiley, ISBN: 978-0-470-87366-3.  944 pp. 

Foster R., M. Ghassemi, A. Cota, 2010: Solar Energy: Renewable Energy and the Environment. CRC press. ISBN-13: 978-1420075663. 382 pp.

Hay, J. E., Davies, J. A., 1980: Calculations of the solar radiation incident on an inclined surface. In: Hay, J.E., Won, T.K. (Eds.), Proc. of First Canadian Solar Radiation Data Workshop, 59. Ministry of Supply and Services, Canada.  

Iqbal, M., 1983: An Introduction to Solar Radiation. Academic Press. ISBN-13: 978-0-12-373750-2.  

Kalogirou, 2014: Solar Energy Engineering (Second Edition). Academic Press. ISBN-13: 978-0-12397-270-5. 

Kleissl, J., 2013: Solar Energy Forecasting and Resource Assessment. Elsevier Inc. ISBN-13: 978-0-12-397177-7.

Reinders, A., Verlinden, P., van Sark, W., & Freundlich, A. (2016) Photovoltaic Solar Energy: From Fundamentals to Applications. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. ISBN-13: 978-1-118-92749-6. 

Smets A., K. Jäger, O. Isabella, R. van Swaaij, M. Zeman, 2016: Solar Energy: The Physics and Engineering of Photoboltaic Conversion Technologies and Systems.  UIT Cambridge. ISBN: 978 1 906860 32 5 (paperback).  462 pp.

Walker, A., 2013: Solar Energy: Technologies and Project Delivery Process for Buildings. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN-13: 978-1-118-41654-9. 

Renewable Energy Technical Books

Heinemann, 2006: Energy Meteorology Lecture Slides, University of Oldenburg. https://uol.de/f/5/inst/physik/ag/enmet/download/lectures/Solar_Energy_Meteorology_Introductory_Lecture.pdf  

Jenkins N. & J. Ekanayake, 2017: Renewable Energy Engineering.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN: 978-1-107-68022-7 (paperback)  440 pp.

Nelson V.C. and K.L.Starcher, 2015: Introdution to Renewable Energy, 2nd Ed. Routledge / CRC Press. ISBN 9781498701938. 459 pp.  

Climate Change Technical Books and Reports

IPCC, 2021: Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Masson-Delmotte, V., P. Zhai, A. Pirani, S. L. Connors, C. Péan, S. Berger, N. Caud, Y. Chen, L. Goldfarb, M. I. Gomis, M. Huang, K. Leitzell, E. Lonnoy, J. B. R. Matthews, T. K. Maycock, T. Waterfield, O. Yelekçi, R. Yu and B. Zhou (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press. In Press. https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sixth-assessment-report-working-group-i/