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October 9-14 2017, Durham, UK

The fifth jointly-run NCAR-NCAS workshop and tutorials for European-based users of the WRF Model will be held in Autumn 2017.

The application process has now closed.  All applications are being reviewed and applicants will be contacted

We are pleased to announce that the WRF Tutorials and Workshop has been awarded a NERC Advanced Training Short Course Award which means that we are able to offer fully funded bursaries, including travel costs to a number of students attending the course.  These bursaries will be awarded on merit, but giving priority to NERC funded students.  All applications will be considered for a bursary.

The following sessions are planned:

WRF Tutorial and Workshop: Monday - Friday

This course mirrors that provided at NCAR, and is delivered by the leading scientists from NCAR. There are 8 staff who know, and indeed who have written much of the model, and therefore this is a great opportunity to gain knowledge and ask detailed questions. It also provides an opportunity to get to know the staff so that you can gain insight into how you might wish to develop the model for your own specific modelling challenges. An important element of the course is the one to one contact with the NCAR staff. Also a session will be spent on how the WRF model is being developed, with the same basic structure, for the future MPAS code, which can be run on massively parallel computers.

The workshop day on Friday is a seminar day which provides the opportunity to hear how other WRF users and developers are using WRF for their scientific problems.  You can also present your own work, and build a network of European and overseas scientists. It is an opportunity to discuss and learn how other scientists are developing the code.

In the session there will be an opportunity to present your work either as a poster or as an oral presentation. Depending on levels of interest we may not be able to accept all oral presentation submissions, but all attendees will be able to present a poster and there will be an opportunity to discuss the posters over an extend lunch break.

Place can be booked on the workshop by delegates not attending the WRF tutorial.

Data Assimilation Tutorial: Saturday

This tutorial will cover Data Assimilation in WRF and taught by DA specialists sharing their experience with practical examples. 

WRF Data Assimilation (WRFDA) system is designed to create regional analysis to initialize WRF model's forecast. It can be used for both research and operational applications for weather on different scales. The WRFDA tutorial will consist of both lectures and hands-on practical sessions.

The lectures will includes two major parts:

  1. basic theory and data assimilation algorithms for 3DVAR, 4DVAR,and hybrid-EnVar available in WRFDA;
  2. various observations (conventional, satellite, and radar)and associated observation operators used in WRFDA.

The practical sessions will include building the WRFDA system and configuring/running it with different DA options and observations.

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