WRF Tutorial

WRF Tutorials: 30 Janurary - 7 February, 2017, Boulder, CO


 The Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model Tutorial will be held at the NCAR Foothills Laboratory, Boulder, Colorado.

The Basic tutorial will consist of lectures on various components of the WRF modeling system along with hands-on practice sessions. The topics include:

  1. WRF Pre-processing System
  2. WRF Dynamics and Numerics
  3. WRF Physics
  4. WRF Software Framework
  5. WRF Post-processing and Graphical Tools

The WRF-Chem tutorial will provide lectures on main components of the model and associated tools along with hands-on practice sessions. The lectures will cover the following topics:
  1. Set-up and running WRF-Chem
  2. Emissions data tools for use in WRF-Chem
  3. Photolysis and gas chemistry mechanisms in WRF-Chem
  4. Aerosols in WRF-Chem
  5. Dust parameterizations in WRF-Chem
  6. Biogenic, lightning NOx and fire emissions in WRF-Chem
  7. Chemical data assimilation methods 


Basic knowledge of atmospheric science and numerical modeling, as well as experience working with a Unix computer environment, is required for the class. WRF Tutorial participants are strongly encouraged to work through the WRF-ARW online tutorial, especially if you have not used the model before. Reviewing the online tutorial will provide an overview of the system, which can help enhance your learning experience once you are here (even if you cannot compile and run the code physically). If you run into any problems while working through this, feel free to contact "wrfhelp at ucar dot edu".

All participants are also strongly encouraged to become familiar with Unix/Linux working environment, as using directories, editing text files and Fortran code are absolutely essential to operate the modeling system programs. One can easily find Unix tutorials for beginners online for this purpose.

WRF-Chem students should be familiar with basic WRF prior to taking the WRF-Chem course.


Due to the constraints of physical space and computers, we can only accommodate a maximum of 60 participants for the WRF Basic tutorial. The WRF Chem Tutorial has a maximum of 40 participants. 

Register early, as registration always exceeds capacity! After these seats have been filled, a wait list will be established and the status will remain as pending until a seat becomes available.


The registration fees are as follows:

(1) U.S. Part-Time University Students & Staff, Foreign University, U.S. Government & NCAR/UCAR

  • Basic $450
  • Chem $200 
(2) Private Industry & Foreign Government

  • Basic $700
  • Chem $300 
(3) U.S.A. Full-time University Students*

  • Basic $0.00
  • Chem $200​
​*U.S. Full-time University Students are classified as Undergraduate, Master's, and PhD only.
To qualify for this, you need to select this category on the registration page and provide the required information including a letter from your University Advisor and/or Department Head.  The letter needs to state that you are a full-time student at their university and they support your attendance in the Basic WRF Tutorial.  Space is limited for this.​ 

To register click HERE, or go to the registration tab at the top of this website.

Upon registering, you will receive an email acknowledging that we have received your registration application. At this point your registration will be "pending." Once we have received your application and and as long as we still have seats available you will receive an email stating you have been accepted, at which time your credit card will be charged. We will not charge your credit card until you are accepted.

If you have any questions or are unable to register please e-mail:"wrfhelp at ucar dot edu".  Please see the Registration & Payment Page for more details.


28 October: Registration opens

14 December 2016: Payment Due ("Will Call" means registrants have a seat held until14 December. On or before 14 December, you MUST return to the registration site and enter a credit card for payment.)

After 9 January 2017: No refunds for cancellation

30 January - 3 February 2017: WRF Basic Tutorial

6-7 February 2017: WRF Chem Tutorial


You can cancel your registration by going into the website registration page and clicking on cancel.  If you need to cancel your attendance at the WRF Tutorial, please be aware of our policy:

On or before Monday, 9 January 2017, we will refund your registration fee less $25.00 to cover administrative fees. 

We will not be offering any refunds after 9 January 2017.

We are looking forward to your attendance!

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