Urban Canopy Model

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.

Urban Modeling references

  • 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.
  • Lo, J., A. K. H. Lau, J. C. H. Fung, and F, Chen, 2006: Investigation of Enhanced Cross-City Transport and Trapping of Air Pollutants by Coastal and Urban Land-Sea Breeze Circulations. J. Geophy. Res., 111, D14104, doi:10.1029/2005JD006837.
  • Lo, J. C. , A. K. H. Lau, Z. B. Yuan, J. C. H. Fung, and F. Chen, 2006 A physical modeling approach for identification of source regions of primary and secondary air pollutants . Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 6, 6467-6496.
  • Miao, S., and F. Chen, 2008: Formation of horizontal convective rolls in urban areas. Atm. Res., 89, 298-304.
  • Lo, J.C.F., A.K.H. Lau, F. Chen, J.C.H. Fung, and K.K.M. Leung, 2007: Urban Modification in a Mesoscale Model and the Effects on the Local Circulation in the Pearl River Delta Region. J. Appl. Meteorol. Climatol., 46, 457–476.
  • Lin, C-Y, F. Chen, J.C. Huang, W-C. Chen, Y.-A. Liou, W.-N. Chen and Shaw-C. Liu, 2008: Urban Heat Island effect and its impact on boundary layer development and land-sea circulation over northern Taiwan, Atmospheric Environment42, 5635-5649.
  • Miao, S., F. Chen, M.A. LeMone, M. Tewari, Q. Li, and Y. Wang, 2008: An Observational and Modeling Study of Characteristics of Urban Heat Island and Boundary Layer Structures in Beijing. J. Appl. Meteorol. Clim., in press.
  • Jiang, X.Y., C. Wiedinmyer, F. Chen, Z.-L. Yang, and J. C. F. Lo, 2008: Predicted Impacts of Climate and Land-Use Change on Surface Ozone in the Houston Area. J. Geophys. Res., in press.
Urban Modeling Effort
Urban Modeling Effort


Single layer Urban Canopy Model

How to use the WRF/Noah/UCM coupled modeling system

Multi layer Urban Canopy Model

How to use the WRF/Noah/BEP coupled modeling system

National Urban Data and Access Portal Tool (NUDAPT) Documentation

How to use NUDAPT dataset in WRF/SLUCM/MLUCM models

Urban Parameters