Assessment of the Noah land surface model with multi-parameterization options (Noah-MP) within the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model

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Thursday, 6 February 2014: 8:30 AM
Room C202 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Michelle Harrold, NCAR, Boulder, CO; and M. Xu and J. K. Wolff

The Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model is a state-of-the-art numerical weather prediction system used in both research and operational forecasting applications. The model is highly configurable to the users' requirements and suitable for a broad spectrum of weather regimes. Rigorously testing select configurations and evaluating the performance for specific applications is necessary due to the flexibility offered by the model. The Developmental Testbed Center (DTC) performed extensive testing and evaluation with the Advanced Research WRF (ARW) dynamic core for two physics suite configurations with a goal of assessing the impact that the Noah land surface model (LSM) with multi-parameterization options (Noah-MP) had on the final forecast performance. The baseline configuration was run with the Noah LSM, while the second configuration substituted the Noah LSM with Noah-MP.

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.