Special Issue "WRF Simulations at the Mesoscale: From the Microscale to Macroscale"
A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2017)
Dr. Jordi Mazon
Department of Physics, Technical University of Catalonia – Barcelona Tech, EETAC, Avda. del Canal Olímpic, Building C3, office 105, 08860 Castelldefels – Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Interests: WRF simulation; coastal fronts; precipitation; wind energy; climate change
Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) is probably the most common numerical model used by atmospheric researchers. This model is applied for studying a wide range of atmospheric topics: precipitation, heat and cold events, pollution, renewable energy, wind cycles, severe storms, etc. These topics range from the macroscale (more than 2000 km and lasting more than several weeks), to the microscale (few hundreds of meters and lasting less than a few hours), and to the mesoscale (from a few to hundreds of kilometres, and from 2–4 hours up to a few days).
This Special Issue calls for contributions showing significant episodes, events, and phenomena simulated through the use of the WRF model on the whole meteorological scale mentioned above, particularly simulations of events at the microscale such as tornadoes, down bursts, turbulence, flash floods, flash heat, and wind gusts, as well as phenomena at the macroscale such as hurricanes, storms, and heat and cold waves. Simulations that study significant and original phenomena and events at the mesoscale are also welcomed.
One of the most significant issues in WRF simulation is the parameterization used as physics options; microphysics, planetary boundary layer (PBL), cumulus, radiation, land surface, shallow convection, urban physics, etc. This Special Issue also encourages researchers to show how different parameterizations that are used during WRF simulation fit to real events (sensitivity analysis). In addition, WRF simulations including the chemical and fire forest modules are also welcomed.
Finally, the WRF model allows us to perform numerical experiments for a better understanding of the atmospheric dynamics behind some episodes or phenomena: By removing or modifying the topography, modifying the sea surface temperature, changing variables (e.g., land use), etc. New findings based on the analysis and interpretation of atmospheric dynamics by applying these types of numerical experiments are also welcomed.
Dr. Jordi Mazon
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