Urban Canopy Model

Our goal is to develop an integrated, multi-scale urban modeling system for the Weather Research and Forecast (WRF) model to address various urban environmental issues,  which include the impacts of urban heat islands on regional weather, climate, air quality, public health, and water resources and management.

Urban Canopy References

    • Kusaka H, Kondo H, Kikegawa Y, Kimura F. 2001. A simple single‐layer urban canopy model for atmospheric models: comparison with multi‐layer and slab models. Boundary‐Layer Meteorology 101: 329– 358.
    • Martilli A, Clappier A, Rotach MW. 2002. An urban surface exchange parameterization for mesoscale models. Boundary‐Layer Meteorology 104: 261– 304.
    • Liu, Y., F. Chen, T. Warner, and J. Basara, 2006: Verification of a Mesoscale Data-Assimilation and Forecasting System for the Oklahoma City Area During the Joint Urban 2003 Field Project. J. Appl. Meteorol. and Climatology, 45, 912-929.
    • Chen, F., H. Kusaka, R. Bornstain, J. Ching, C.S.B. Grimmond, S. Grossman-Clarke, T. Loridan, K. Manning, A. Martilli, S. Miao, D. Sailor, F. Salamanca, H. Taha, M. Tewari, X. Wang, A. Wyszogrodzki, and C. Zhang, 2011: The integrated WRF/urban modeling system: development, evaluation, and applications to urban environmental problems. International Journal of Climatology31, 273-288. DOI: 10.1002/joc.2158
    • Miao, S., and F. Chen, 2014: Enhanced modeling of latent heat flux from urban surfaces in the Noah/single-layer urban canopy coupled model. Science China Earth Sciences, Doi: 10.1007/s11430-014-4829-0
    • Yang, J., Z.-H Wang, F. Chen, S. Miao, M. Tewari, J.A. Voogt, S. Myint, 2015: Enhancing hydrologic modeling in the coupled WRF-urban modeling system. Boundary Layer Meteorol., 155, 87–109, DOI 10.1007/s10546-014-9991-6.
    • Barlage, M., S. Miao, and F. Chen, 2016: Impact of physics parameterizations on high-resolution weather prediction over complex urban areas. J. Geophys. Res., 121, 4487–4498, doi:10.1002/2015JD024450.
    • Salamanca, F., Zhang Y., M. Barlage, F. Chen, A.Mahalov, and S. Miao, 2018: Evaluation of the Noah-MP land surface model coupled to WRF in a semiarid urban environment. J. Geophys. Res., DOI: 10.1002/2018JD028377
    • Xu, X., F. Chen, S. Shen, S. Miao, M. Barlage, W. Guo, and A. Mahalov, 2018: Using WRF-Urban to assess summertime air conditioning electric loads and their impacts on urban weather in Beijing. J. Geophys. Res., 123https://doi.org/10.1002/2017JD028168
    • Ching, J., et al. G. Mills, 2018: World Urban Database and Access Portal Tools (WUDAPT), an urban weather, climate and environmental modeling infrastructure for the Anthropocene. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 99(9), 1907-1924
    • Gao, M., F. Chen, H. Shen, and H. Li, 2020: A tale of two cities: different urban heat mitigation efficacy with the same strategies. Theoretical and Applied Climatologyhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s00704-020-03390-2.

Single layer Urban Canopy Model

Multi layer Urban Canopy Model

National Urban Data and Access Portal Tool (NUDAPT) Documentation

Urban Parameters