NCAR colleagues have established containers to run a subset of an end-to-end NWP system, including the WRF Pre-Processing System (WPS), Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, and the NCAR Command Language (NCL). To provide additional capabilities, the Developmental Testbed Center (DTC) has developed containers for the Unified Post-Processor (UPP), the Model Evaluation Tools (MET), and the METViewer database and display software systems.
The use of containers lowers the barrier to entry to run NWP systems and evaluate the output; it also allows the DTC to further assist the user community, especially students, with efficiently running NWP components. Containers enable experiments to be easily rerun and shared, facilitating collaboration. DTC staff are presenting a short course on the use of NWP containers in conjunction with the annual AMS meeting. This presentation will outline the motivation behind containers and provide a brief review of the short course material, with particular emphasis on the containerized statistical tools, MET and METViewer.