WRF-Hydro Modeling System

Training & Materials

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Training & Materials

What people are saying:

“Nothing compares to the real-time training environment” - Post Doc

“Best training I’ve had.” - Private Sector Professional

“I will get to learn from and share with the other participants about the real world applications.”
- Ph.D. Student


“I believe the face-to-face environment is critical to building new research network and learning how others are using WRF-Hydro.” - Research Faculty

 

Hands-on Training Materials:

The Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System
October 2019 Training Workshop Materials

Presentations: 

WRF-Hydro System Overview
WRF-Hydro System Conceptualization
WRF-Hydro Physics Components Overview
Noah-MP Column Land Surface Model Overview
Channel Routing and Lakes/Reservoirs in WRF-Hydro
Defining the Model Domain & Initial Conditions
WRF-Hydro GIS Pre-processing Tool Overview
WRF-Hydro Forcing Engine Overview
Overview of WRF-Hydro/NWM Calibration
WRF-Hydro Coupling with the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF)
WRF-Hydro Implementation & Best Practices

Click here to Access the WRF-Hydro GIS Pre-processing Tool version 5 Tutorial Demo. ArcGIS logoscreen shot of video page

This demo walks through the process of creating WRF-Hydro hydrologic routing input for the Croton New York example test case.


 

Requirements for Online Utilities and Lessons: Docker Logo

Docker (Community) = > v.17.12 (currently we use 2.1.0.3)
Web browser (Google Chrome recommended) for accessing the Jupyter notebooks/Jupyter Lab. 
Note: Each machine is different. You will need to alternate your Docker settings such as CPUs, Memory, and Disk Space allocations according to your machine to optimize runtime. If you find a bug or other technical issue please log it on the github issues site

Lessons walk you through model compiliation and various model simulations with different configurations.
Click Here to download a .zip file of the completed lessons for reference

Click Here for the completed WPS lesson html file for reference

Click Here for the HTML file of the completed WRF|WRF-Hydro Coupled Test Case Online Lesson


Upcoming Training Workshops & Short Courses:

Current Topics in Tropical Island Hydrology Water Hazard & Resource Prediction + WRF-Hydro Modeling SystemIn partnership with University of HawaiiVirtual30 September 9am-12:30pm HST| 1pm-4:30pm MDT
The Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System -Abridged - Virtual Training WorkshopIn partnership with CUAHSIVirtual4,5,6 November 2020
AMS 2021 Short Course: Introduction to the Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System: Interactive Hands-on TutorialIn partnership with AMS Annual MeetingVirtual
January 2021
The Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System Training WorkshopIn partnership with CUAHSIBoulder, CO USATBD
2nd European Fully-Coupled Atmospheric-Hydrological Modeling & WRF-Hydro Users Workshop In partnership with the Unversity of Calabria, Italy & the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Calabria, Italy
14-18 June 2021
The 2nd Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System Training Workshop - Costa RicaIn partnership with the University of Costa Rica, San JoseSan Jose, Costa RicaTBD

 

Workshop advertisement

Current Topics in Tropical Island Hydrology: Water Hazard & Resource Prediction + WRF-Hydro Modeling System

Virtual Workshop

Sponsors: National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) & University of Hawaii

Date & Time: Wednesday, 30 September 2020 9:00am-12:30pm HST/ 1:00pm-4:30pm MDT
Location: Zoom

Register by 5:00pm MDT Friday, 25 September 2020 
http://bit.ly/tropicalhydro 

Workshop Goals: This workshop will present current research topics in tropical hydrology: water hazard and water resource prediction. This webinar will also provide an introduction to the capabilities within the WRF-Hydro® Modeling System specific and unique to the hydrometeorological forecasting needs of tropical island nations by demonstrating model simulations over a representative tropical Pacific island (Oahu, Hawaii) utilizing cloud-based technology.

Specifically during the  workshop we will: 

  • Hear from seasoned experts on current research topics ranging from tropical rainfall, tropical hydrologic forecasting, island processes

  • Provide a technical overview of WRF-Hydro® modeling system & discuss the National Water Model Hawaii implementation

  • Provide a demonstration of a severe flash flood event test case over Oahu

  • Openly discuss the transferability of the Hawaii WRF-Hydro test case to other tropical island regimes

The primary desired outcome of this workshop is the emergence of a community of practitioners who can share experiences and tools in reducing vulnerability to tropical island flooding events.

Speakers:

Kevin Kodama -  Senior Service Hydrologist at NOAA National Weather Service (NWS)  Hawaii
         The NWM-Hawaii: Hydro Ops Evolved
David Gochis - Scientist at National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
         A technical overview of the WRF-Hydro modeling system and its application in hydrometeorological forecasting
Yu Fen Huang - Graduate Student at University of Hawaii
        The changes and trends in the peak flow across Hawaiian Islands
Tom Giambaluca - Director of the Water Resources Research Center University of Hawaii
         Developing a near-real-time rainfall mapping system for Hawai‘i
Lulin Xue - Project Scientist at National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
         How will rainfall change over Hawai‘i in the future? High resolution regional climate simulation of the Hawaiian Islands
Katelyn FitzGerald - Associate Scientist at National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
        Introduction to the Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System - Demonstration of a model simulation for a flood event over Oahu

There will also be time for discussion. 

Host: Molly McAllister - Associate Scientist at National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

The Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System - Abridged Virtual Training Workshop
Co-sponsored with CUAHSI

4,5,6 November 2020 9am-1pm MST || Virtual via Zoom

The WRF-Hydro Modeling System produces forecasts and analyses for all major terrestrial water-cycle components: Precipitation, Streamflow, Soil moisture, Snowpack, Flooding, Groundwater. These forecasts and analyses can be applied to a range of pursuits, such as flash-flood prediction, regional hydroclimate impact assessments, seasonal forecasting of water resources, and land-atmosphere coupling studies that supply forecasters, water managers, and government officials with data-driven science to better inform their decisions.

In this abridged virtual training workshop we will provide an indepth look into the capabilities within WRF-Hydro and provide participants with the building blocks to start their research with it.  Example studies of  events and model simulations will be presented as a demonstration of WRF-Hydro’s capabilities. Participants will gain experience with hands-on model configuration and execution and run experimental model simulations and comparisons with a prepared example test case. Participants will also be provided with information on additional resources that can be used to further their familiarity with WRF-Hydro and build on the basics learned during this tutorial.

Intended Topics to be covered in this workshop:

  • Conceptualization and structure of the WRF-Hydro system

  • Description of physics components and options within WRF-Hydro

  • Model porting and compilation, and an overview of parallel computing with WRF-Hydro

  • Hands-on model input data preparation and creation of an example test case

  • Hands-on model configuration and execution

  • Hands-on experimental model simulations and comparisons with a prepared example test case

  • Hands-on example WRF|WRF-Hydro model coupled simulation

  • Overview of model calibration

  • Open discussion on class participant interests and applications & interactive activities

     

How to Apply: 

See the event Website for details. Fill out this application form. 20 spots are available. Applications will be accepted beginning the week of September 15 until 5pm ET, Wednesday, 30 September 2020. 

Attendee Knowledge Requirements

Applications will be accepted from current and incoming graduate students, post-docs, academics, and professionals working in hydrology and/or the atmospheric sciences. 

  • Prior hydrologic and/or atmospheric modeling experience is required.

  • Must be comfortable working in a UNIX environment, running UNIX command-line operations and text editors.

  • Familiarity with the R and/or Python programming language is recommended.

Attendee Computing Requirements

  • Reliable internet connection and speed

  • A computer with at least 2 CPUs, however much of the computing will be done on the cloud.

  • Web browser - we recommend Google Chrome 

Instructors: 
David Gochis
Aubrey Dugger
Kevin Sampson
Laura Read
Katelyn FitzGerald
Arezoo RafieeNasab
Matt Casali
Yongxin Zhang

2nd European Fully Coupled Atmospheric-Hydrological Modeling and WRF-Hydro® Users Workshop

Join us at the University of Calabria, Rende (Cosenza, Italy), June 14-18, 2021 for the 2nd European Fully Coupled Atmospheric-Hydrological Modeling and WRF-Hydro® Users Workshop!


This Workshop is an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and experiences with coupled atmospheric-hydrological modelers from research groups around the world to address the challenge of improving hydrometeorological forecasts and the need for accurate projections of hydrological impacts due to climate change.
 
We invite abstracts focusing on the complex interactions between surface water, groundwater, and regional climate as well as those that focus on the development of fully-coupled hydrometeorological prediction systems for flood and water resources prediction. Presentations on novel coupled modeling systems that bridge spatial scales through dynamic regridding or upscaling/downscaling methodologies are also welcome, as are comparative studies between one-way and fully-coupled modeling systems, combined dynamical-statistical approaches, data assimilation in coupled models, field studies with measurements supporting multi-variable validation of coupled modeling systems.

The latter part of the workshop (from June 17 to 19) will be dedicated to the Community WRF-Hydro® modeling system that was released by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in 2013, by means of 2.5 days hands-on tutorial. There are 20 spots available for this hands-on tutorial. 

WRF-Hydro® Tutorial Description:
This 2.5-day workshop will provide graduate students, early-career scientists, and professionals with formal instruction on the structure and application of the WRF-Hydro system in a coupled instance. It will offer hands-on experience in setting up and running the system for several different research and prediction applications.
Topics covered during the workshop may include:
  • Conceptualization and structure of the WRF-Hydro system
  • Description of physics components and options within WRF-Hydro
  • Model input data preparation
  • Hands-on model configuration and execution of an example test case
  • Hands-on experimental model simulations and comparisons with a prepared example test case
  • Overview of model calibration
  • Open discussion on class participant interests and applications
Tutorial Requirements:
Participants of the hands-on tutorial are required to bring their own laptop computer with:
  • SSH and X-server capability
  • Google Chrome web browser
  • (Optional) ArcGIS 10.7 with Spatial Analyst extension activated and 64GB background geoprocessing - this will be for creating the hydrologic routing input files
More information on the WRF-Hydro® system can be found at 
https://ral.ucar.edu/projects/wrf_hydro/ 
More information on the workshop can be found at
The deadline for abstract submission is April 30, 2021.
Early registration fees expire on April 30, 2021.