Dr. Craig Smith

( Desert Research Institute )


(541) 231-4802
  • Institution:Desert Research Institute
  • Departments: Atmospheric Sciences
  • Research Fields: Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Energy Meteorology, Wildfire Meteorology, Numerical Weather Prediction, Weather Forecasting, Extreme Weather Events
  • Disciplines: Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, Physical Sciences
  • Location:Washoe County
  • Funding:Private Industry, USDoE - United States Department of Education


Dr. Craig Smith has experience mentoring a Postdoc student.


Dr. Craig Smith’s professional interests are in Energy Meteorology, Wildfire Meteorology, and Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP). With over 15 years experience in NWP, Dr. Smith has built and runs several applied operational weather decision support systems for Wind Energy companies, public lands managers, and the construction and outdoor event industries.

His works seeks to quantify and improve the predictability of weather-driven variable generators to facilitate and accelerate their integration onto the electrical grid, and determine and improve the predictability of extreme weather-driven processes such as wildfires and high wind events.