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A Description of the Advanced Research WRF Version 3 (June 2008) (updated 1/10/12)

- Descriptions of ARW model equations, discretization, initialization, and nesting
- Generalization for global applications, new upper boundary conditions and digital filter initialization in V3
- General description of physics options available in the model
- Analysis and observation nudging
- General description of the WRF-Var

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A Description of the Advanced Research WRF Version 2 (updated 12/13/07)

- Descriptions of ARW model equations, discretization, initialization, and nesting
- General description of physics options available in the model
- General description of the WRF-Var

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Corrections:

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WRF (ARW) User's Guide

- Basic instructions for getting started on compiling the model, using the WRF preprocessor and the WRF model, and instructions for compiling and using utilities and post-processors.
- Subject to continuous updates

This document will typically be updated twice a year (January and July)

WRF Tutorial Presentations:

WRF Tutorials are typically held twice a year (January and July). The latest tutorial presentations are posted online soon after each tutorial.

Physics:

Physics References: a list of references for WRF physics.

Physics Document: Describes physics options available in WRF 1.3, and physics interface. Most content is still valid, but some new options have not been added, and older ones not removed.

RIP4:

Documentation for program RIP4: a versatile graphics program that can plot model prognostic as well as many diagnostic fields.

Software:

Model code document: up to date with V2.0 code

WRF Software Architecture publications

References:

Chen, S. S., J. F. Price, W. Zhao, M. A. Donelan, and E. J. Walsh, 2007: The CBLAST-Hurricane Program and the next-generation fully coupled atmosphere-wave-ocean models for hurricane research and prediction. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc, 88, 311-317 (pdf file).

Coen, J. , M. Cameron, J. Michalakes, E. Patton, P. Riggan, and K. Yedinak, 2013: WRF-Fire: Coupled Weather-Wildland Fire Modeling with the Weather Research and Forecasting Model. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 52, 16-38 (pdf file).

Klemp, J. B., W. C. Skamarock, and J. Dudhia, 2007: Conservative split-explicit time integration methods for the compressible nonhydrostatic equations. Mon. Wea. Rev., 135, 2897-2913 (pdf file).

Knievel, J. C., G. H. Bryan, and J. P. Hacker, 2007: Explicit numerical diffusion in the WRF Model. Mon. Wea. Rev., 135, 3808-3824 (pdf file).

Michalakes, J., J. Dudhia, D. Gill, T. Henderson, J. Klemp, W. Skamarock, and W. Wang: The Weather Research and Forecast Model: Software Architecture and Performance. Proceedings of the Eleventh ECMWF Workshop on the Use of High Performance Computing in Meteorology. Eds. Walter Zwieflhofer and George Mozdzynski. World Scientific, 2005, pp 156 - 168 (pdf file).

Michalakes, J., S. Chen, J. Dudhia, L. Hart, J. Klemp, J. Middlecoff, and W. Skamarock: Development of a Next Generation Regional Weather Research and Forecast Model. Developments in Teracomputing: Proceedings of the Ninth ECMWF Workshop on the Use of High Performance Computing in Meteorology. Eds. Walter Zwieflhofer and Norbert Kreitz. World Scientific, 2001, pp. 269-276.

Moeng, C., Dudhia, J., Klemp, J., Sullivan, P., 2007: Examining the two-way grid nesting for large-eddy simulation of the PBL using the WRF model. Mon. Wea. Rev., 135, 2295-2311.

Skamarock, W. C., 2004: Evaluating Mesoscale NWP Models Using Kinetic Energy Spectra. Mon. Wea., Rev., 132, 3019-3032 (pdf file).

Skamarock, W. C., J. B. Klemp, J. Dudhia, D. O. Gill, D. M. Barker, W. Wang, and J. G. Powers, 2005: A description of the Advanced Research WRF Version 2. NCAR Tech Notes-468+STR (pdf file).

Skamarock, W. C., 2006: Positive-Definite and Montonic Limiters for Unrestricted-Timestep Transport Schemes. Mon. Wea. Rev., 134, 2241-2250 (pdf file).

Skamarock, W. C., and J. B. Klemp, 2007: A time-split nonhydrostatic atmospheric model for research and NWP applications. J. Comp. Phys., special issue on environmental modeling. 3465-3485 (pdf file).

Skamarock, W. C., and M. L. Weisman, 2009: The Impact of Positive-Definite Moisture Transport on NWP Precipitation Forecasts. Mon. Wea. Rev., 137, 488 - 494 (pdf file).

Wicker, L. J., and W. C. Skamarock, 2002: Time splitting methods for elastic models using forward time schemes (pdf file). Mon. Wea. Rev., 130, 2088-2097.

Wee, T.-K., Kuo, Y.-H., Lee, D.-K., Liu, Z., Wang, W. and Chen, S.-Y., 2012: Two overlooked biases of the Advanced Research WRF (ARW) Model in geopotential height and temperature. Mon. Wea. Rev., 140, 3907-3918, 10.1175/MWR-D-12-00045.1. (access)

 

 



 
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