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:

AMS Short Course:Introduction to the Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System: Interactive Hands-on TutorialIn partnership with AMS Annual MeetingBoston, MA USA11 January 2020
The Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System Training Workshop (Application Opens 07 January 2020)In partnership with CUAHSIBoulder, CO USA02-05 June 2020
2nd European Fully-Coupled Atmospheric-Hydrological Modeling & WRF-Hydro Users WorkshopIn partnership with the Unversity of Calabria, Italy & the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Calabria, Italy15-19 June 2020
The 2nd Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System Training Workshop - Costa RicaIn partnership with the University of Costa Rica, San JoseSan Jose, Costa RicaTBD

 


 AMS Short Course - Introduction to the Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System: Interactive Hands-on Tutorial

11 January 2020 Boston, MA USA

The AMS Short Course, an Introduction to the Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System: Interactive Hands-on Tutorial will be held on 11 January 2020 preceding the 100th AMS Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. Preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted on the AMS Web site (www.ametsoc.org).

Registration is now open. See the AMS short course website for information and to register.

Fill out this form if you have registered.

WRF-Hydro®, an open-source community model, is used for a range of projects, including flash flood prediction, regional hydroclimate impacts assessment, seasonal forecasting of water resources, and land-atmosphere coupling studies. It was designed to link multi-scale process models of the atmosphere and terrestrial hydrology to provide:

  • An extensible multi-scale & multi-physics land-atmosphere modeling capability for conservative, coupled and uncoupled assimilation & prediction of major water cycle components such as precipitation, soil moisture, snowpack, groundwater, streamflow, and inundation

  • Accurate and reliable streamflow prediction across scales (from 0-order headwater catchments to continental river basins and from minutes to seasons)

  • A research modeling testbed for evaluating and improving physical process and coupling representations

In this one day tutorial, we will provide an introduction to the capabilities within WRF-Hydro and provide participants with the basic building blocks to start their research with it. 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.

Instructors include subject matter experts and lead developers of WRF-Hydro and the National Water Model from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, David Gochis, and Aubrey Dugger.

Each participant is required to come with their own laptop, capable of accessing wireless internet with prerequisite software installed to participate in the hands-on exercises. 
-Docker (community edition) at least version 18.09.2

  • (docker settings: CPUs - 2 (at a bare minimum)

  • Memory- 8 GB (recommended)

  • Swap-1024 MB (recommended)

  • Disk image max size 60 GB (recommended)

-Google Chrome web browser

For more information please contact Molly McAllister (mollymca@ucar.edu). 

 

Training Workshop: The Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System

June 2-5, 2020 || Boulder, CO

NCAR is pleased to partner with CUAHSI to offer the Training Workshop: The Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System, a 3.5-day hands-on training workshop on the use and applications of the Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System.

Workshop Eligibility

Applicants must apply to attend the workshop. Applications will be accepted from current and incoming graduate students, post-docs, academics, and professionals working in hydrology and/or the atmospheric sciences. Instructors will review applications to verify in advance that the applicant has the necessary skills and experience to successfully participate in the workshop and get the most out of the course topics. 

Requirements

  • 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.

How to Apply (the Application period has closed)

See the event website to apply. Applications will be accepted beginning January 15, 2019. Complete applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until 5:00 p.m. ET on February 15, 2019. However, we recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis on first-come, first-served. We reserve the right to review only the first 50 applications. Past offerings of this course have filled up very quickly.

Note: Preference will be given to those who have not yet attended a WRF-Hydro training, and are from the academic and nonprofit sectors in addition to the first-come-first-serve policy. Also note: The number of accepted representatives per institution is limited to 2.

Visit the event website for additional information on applying to the workshop. The application period will open 07 January 2020.

Course Description

This training workshop will provide graduate students and early career scientists with formal instruction on the structure and application of the WRF-Hydro system and will offer hands-on experience in setting up and running the system for several different research and prediction applications. Preference will be given to applicants in the Academic and Nonprofit sectors.

Topics to be covered during the workshop include but are not limited to:

  • 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

Class participants will receive in-depth training via lectures and hands-on activities on the implementation and use of the WRF-Hydro system where all hands-on tutorial activities will be conducted in a formal computer laboratory located at NCAR in Boulder, CO.

Lead Instructor: Dave Gochis, NCAR

Presenters: 

Dave Gochis, NCAR
Aubrey Dugger, NCAR
Kevin Sampson, NCAR
Laura Read, NCAR
Arezoo RafieeiNassab, NCAR
Katelyn FitzGerald, NCAR
Ryan Cabell, NCAR
Matt Casali, NCAR

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

Join us at the University of Calabria, Rende (Cosenza, Italy), June 15-19, 2020 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, 2020.
Early registration fees expire on April 30, 2020.