Assessment of the Noah land surface model with multi-parameterization options (Noah-MP) within the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model
This presentation will focus on assessing the forecast performance of the two configurations; both configurations were run over the same set of cases, allowing for a direct comparison of performance. The evaluation was performed over a CONUS domain for a testing period from July 2011 through June 2012, with simulations being initialized every 36 hours and run out to 48 hours; a 6-hour “warm start” spin-up, including data assimilation preceded each simulation. The extensive testing period allows for robust results as well as the ability to investigate seasonal and regional differences between the two configurations. Results will focus on the evaluation of traditional verification metrics for surface and upper air variables, along with an assessment of statistical and practical significance.