Accession Number : ADA487419

Title :   A Description of the Advanced Research WRF Version 2

Descriptive Note : Technical note

Corporate Author : NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH BOULDER CO MESOSCALE AND MICROSCALE METEOROLOGY DIV

Personal Author(s) : Skamarock, William C. ; Klemp, Joseph B. ; Dudhia, Jimy ; Gill, David O. ; Barker, Dale M. ; Wang, Wei ; Powers, Jordan G.

PDF Url : ADA487419

Report Date : JUN 2005

Pagination or Media Count : 101

Abstract : The development of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) modeling system is a multiagency effort intended to provide a next-generation mesoscale forecast model and data assimilation system that will advance both the understanding and prediction of mesoscale weather and accelerate the transfer of research advances into operations. The model is being developed as a collaborative effort ort among the NCAR Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology (MMM) Division, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) and Forecast System Laboratory (FSL), the Department of Defense's Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA) and Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), the Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS) at the University of Oklahoma, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), along with the participation of a number of university scientists. The WRF model is designed to be a flexible, state-of-the-art, portable code that is an efficient in a massively parallel computing environment. A modular single-source code is maintained that can be configured for both research and operations. It offers numerous physics options, thus tapping into the experience of the broad modeling community. Advanced data assimilation systems are being developed and tested in tandem with the model. WRF is maintained and supported as a community model to facilitate wide use, particularly for research and teaching, in the university community. It is suitable for use in a broad spectrum of applications across scales ranging from meters to thousands of kilometers. Such applications include research and operational numerical weather prediction (NWP), data assimilation and parameterized-physics research, downscaling climate simulations, driving air quality models, atmosphere-ocean coupling, and idealized simulations (e.g boundary-layer eddies, convection, baroclinic waves).

Descriptors :   *WEATHER FORECASTING, *MATHEMATICAL PREDICTION, WEATHER, COMMUNITIES, INFORMATION SYSTEMS, PREDICTIONS, MODELS, NUMERICAL ANALYSIS, FORECASTING, CONVECTION, PARALLEL PROCESSING, CODING, PHYSICS, CLIMATE, STORMS, METEOROLOGY, LABORATORIES, NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORIES, TRANSFER, AIR QUALITY, EQUATIONS, ASSIMILATION, SCIENTISTS, SIMULATION, ENVIRONMENTS

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics
      Meteorology
      Statistics and Probability

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE