WRF Tutorial Overview

The Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model Tutorial and the METplus Tutorial will be held at the NCAR Foothills Laboratory (FL2) located at 3450 Mitchell Lane, 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

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, please post to our WRF/MPAS Support Forum.

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.

The METplus Tutorial
The Model Evaluation Tools (MET) and the associated database and display system  (METviewer) is a suite of state-of-the-art verification tools that can be used to read post-processed model output and match it to observed data to compute both traditional and non-traditional statistics.  MET and METViewer are now part of the unified verification capability called METplus, which also includes python to extend the MET capability and make it easier to set-up a verification system.  This tutorial will provide lectures on main tools along with hands-on practice sessions. The lectures will cover the following topics:
 
  1. Configuration of METplus and components
  2. Point and Gridded Verification
  3. Ensemble and Probabilistic Verification
  4. Object-based Verification
  5. Python-wrapped METplus system
  6. MET and METViewer in Containers
 
Participants of the METplus tutorial are strongly encouraged to become familiar with the standard verification scores.

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.