Short Course: Introducing the Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System an Interactive Hands-on Tutorial

Saturday, lonAD, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

AMS Short Course:

Introduction to the Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System: Interactive Hands-on Tutorial

Preliminary Agenda

The AMS Short Course, an Introduction to the Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System: Interactive Hands-on Tutorial will be held on 11 January 2020 preceding the 100th AMS Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. Preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted on the AMS Web site (

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WRF-Hydro®, an open-source community model, is used for a range of projects, including flash flood prediction, regional hydroclimate impacts assessment, seasonal forecasting of water resources, and land-atmosphere coupling studies. It was designed to link multi-scale process models of the atmosphere and terrestrial hydrology to provide:

  • An extensible multi-scale & multi-physics land-atmosphere modeling capability for conservative, coupled and uncoupled assimilation & prediction of major water cycle components such as precipitation, soil moisture, snow pack, ground water, streamflow, and inundation
  • Accurate and reliable streamflow prediction across scales (from 0-order headwater catchments to continental river basins and from minutes to seasons)
  • A research modeling testbed for evaluating and improving physical process and coupling representations

In this half-day tutorial we will provide an introduction to the capabilities within WRF-Hydro and provide participants with the basic building blocks to start their research with it. Participants will gain experience with hands-on model configuration and execution and run experimental model simulations and comparisons with a prepared example test case. Participants will also be provided with information on additional resources that can be used to further their familiarity with WRF-Hydro and build on the basics learned during this tutorial.


Instructors include subject matter experts and lead developers of WRF-Hydro and the National Water Model from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, David Gochis and Aubrey Dugger.


Each participant is required to come with their own laptop, capable of accessing wireless internet with perquisite software installed to participate in the hands-on exercises.
-Docker (community edition) at least version 18.09.2

      • (docker settings: CPUs - 2 (at bare minimum)
      • Memory- 8 GB (recommended)
      • Swap-1024 MB (recommended)
      • Disk image max size 60 GB (recommended)

-Google Chrome web browser


For more information please contact Molly McAllister ([email protected]).

Short Course/Workshop Registration

All short course/workshop attendees must register and wear a badge/ribbon. Short course/workshop registration is not included in the 99th Annual Meeting registration, and short course/workshop registration does not include registration for the 99th AMS Annual Meeting.

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