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Polar Weather Research and Forecasting Model (WRF)
Entry ID: Polar_WRF
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Summary
Abstract: Based on extensive experience with mesoscale modeling in the polar regions by the Polar Meteorology Group of the Byrd Polar Research Center at The Ohio State University, the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF) has been modified for use in the Polar Regions (referred to as the Polar WRF). A development approach is adopted similar to that used previously to implement the Polar version of the PSU/NCAR fifth generation mesoscale model (Polar MM5). The key modifications for Polar WRF are:

* Optimal surface energy blance and heat transfer for the Noah LSM over sea ice and permanent ice surfaces
* Implementation of a ivariable sea ice thickness and snow thickness over sea ice for the Noah LSM
* Implementation of seasonally-varing sea ice albedo in th Noah LSM

Testing of Polar WRF over Arctic and Antarctic surfaces provides guidance on best choice of physics options. See the publications for guidance.

Model evaluations through Polar WRF simulations over Greenland and the Arctic Ocean (SHEBA site) have been performed, and the results are described in the articles provided in the "Related URL" Link. Development studies have been performed for Arctic land (ARM sites in Alaska), and Antarctica.

Polar WRF is used by forecasters as part of the National Science Foundation sponsored Antarctic Mesoscale Prediction System (AMPS) to meet the operational and logistic needs of the United States Antarctic Program (USAP). Under a collaborative project with the Polar Meteorology Group, AMPS simulations are performed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research twice per day (00Z and 12Z initializations), and cover progressively finer domains ranging from 45-km (covering most of the Southern Hemisphere) to 1.7-km (covering the region immediately surrounding McMurdo Station, the base of USAP operations). A 45-km resolution version of the Polar WRF is run at the Byrd Polar Research Center twice per day as a backup to AMPS, and will be upgraded shortly to higher resolution and enhanced polar physics.

Related URL
Link: VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
Description: Polar WRF Information

Link: VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
Description: NSF Award #0733023 Abstract

Link: VIEW RELATED INFORMATION > USER'S GUIDE
Description: WRF Model Users Guide
Service Citation
Originators: Polar Meteorology Group of the Byrd Polar Research Center at The Ohio State University
Title: Polar Weather Research and Forecasting model
ISO Topic Category
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE
Access Constraints
If you would like to use the Polar WRF, please contact Dr. David Bromwich to obtain the source code.
Service Provider
Polar Meterology Group, Byrd Polar Research Center, The Ohio State University

Service Provider Personnel
Name: DAVID HOWARD BROMWICH
Phone: 614-292-6692
Fax: 614-292-4697
Email: bromwich.1 at osu.edu
Email: bromwich at polarmet1.mps.ohio-state.edu
Contact Address:
Polar Meteorology Group
Byrd Polar Research Center
The Ohio State University
1090 Carmack Road
City: Columbus
Province or State: OH
Postal Code: 43210
Country: USA
Personnel
DAVID HOWARD BROMWICH
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 614-292-6692
Fax: 614-292-4697
Email: bromwich.1 at osu.edu
Email: bromwich at polarmet1.mps.ohio-state.edu
Contact Address:
Polar Meteorology Group
Byrd Polar Research Center
The Ohio State University
1090 Carmack Road
City: Columbus
Province or State: OH
Postal Code: 43210
Country: USA

STEPHANIE K GREBAS
Role: SERF AUTHOR
Email: gsfc-gcmduso at mail.nasa.gov
Publications/References
Hines, K. M., and D. H. Bromwich (2008), Development and testing of Polar WRF. Part I. Greenland ice sheet meteorology., Monthly Weather Review, 136, 1971-1989, American Meteorological Society

Bromwich, D. H., K. M. Hines, and L.-S. Bai (2009), Development and Testing of Polar Weather Research and Forecasting Model: 2. Arctic Ocean., Journal of Geophysical Research, 114, D08122, American Geophysical Union, doi:10.1029/2008JD010300

Hines, K.M., D.H. Bromwich, M. Barlage, and A.G. Slater (2009), Arctic land simulations with Polar WRF., American Meteorological Society 10th Conference on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography, Madison, WI, Preprints, 18-21 May 2009

Otieno, F.P., E. Shilo, D.H. Bromwich, and K. Hines (2009), Benchmarking Polar WRF in Antarctica., American Meteorological Society 10th Conference on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography, Madison, WI, Preprints, 18-21 May 2009

Hines, K.M., D.H. Bromwich, L.-S. Bai, M. Barlage, and A.G. Slater (2010), Development and testing of Polar WRF. Part III. Arctic land., Journal of Climate, in press.

Wilson, A.B., D.H. Bromwich, K.M. Hines, and C.E. Landis (2009), Enhancement of Polar WRF Arctic atmospheric and surface processes, American Meteorological Society 10th Conference on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography, Madison, WI, Preprints, 18-21 May 2009

Wilson, A.B., D.H. Bromwich, and K.M. Hines (2011), Evaluation of Polar WRF forecasts on the Arctic System Reanalysis domain. Part 1. Surface and upper air analysis., Journal of Geophysical Research, American Geophysical Union, provisionally accepted.
Creation and Review Dates
SERF Creation Date: 2010-10-19
SERF Last Revision Date: 2010-11-18
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