Introduction to the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model
Training Workshop for beginners, 2 September 2018, Budapest

Gert–Jan Steeneveld (Wageningen Univ.),
Hugo Hartmann (MeteoGroup)

Content: The WRF model is a popular open-source mesoscale meteorological model that is widely used in forecasting, education, and academic and applied atmospheric research. The model is rather flexible in set-up concerning model domain, resolution, and physical parameterization schemes. This makes the model excellent for both theoretical as well as applied studies across a range of spatial and temporal scales in meteorology and climate. At the same time this requires user knowledge on the do’s and don’ts when working with the model.

Target group: We offer this workshop to PhD students, atmospheric researchers and scientists, as well as consultants. The workshop is meant for those who have little to no experience with WRF, as it will focus on the first steps of running WRF and analysing results. The workshop focuses on the first steps of running WRF and analysing results. Advanced WRF utilities will not be dealt with (e.g. data assimilation).


The 1-day training session will be structured as follows:

09:00 – 10:30 Lecture 1: “An introduction to the WRF modelling frame work” (G.-J. Steeneveld)
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 – 12:45 Model set-up and running of case studies
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch
13:45 – 14:15 Lecture 2: “WRF applications in MeteoGroup” (H. Hartmann)
14:15 – 15:30 Analysis model results – part 1
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee break
15:45 – 17:00 Analysis model results – part 2
17:00 – 18:00 Presentation by each group on the results
Expected knowledge: Basic Unix/Linux, affinity with modelling
Min. number of participants: 12
Max. number of participants: 20


Registration via the the online registration form is necessary.

Registration fees include catering (coffee breaks and lunch), a copy of the course manual, and use of the computer cluster to run the experiments. Participants are expected to bring their own laptop, and instructions to install (freely available) software will be provided.

Participation is by pre-registration only. The workshop may be cancelled in case of low registration numbers.

All participants are required to send a letter of motivation by the time of registration, but at the latest by 8 July 2018.

Registration deadline: 2 July 2018
Registration fee: Early bird registration (deadline 5 June 2018): 110
  Standard registration (deadline 31 July 2018): 140
Motivation letter: To provide a focused and tailor-made workshop, participants will be asked to write a brief motivation letter about their background in atmospheric modelling and their interest in research or applications. Please send the letter to Gert-Jan Steeneveld (at:

In addition to this workshop, there is also a WRF session in the EMS2018 session programme (session OSA1.2); the intention is to use the opportunity to bring the European WRF users and developers together. Such a European platform is currently not available.