A multilayer building energy parameterization integrated in the WRF-urban modeling system

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 12:00pm
Wexler 118


Francisco Salamanca Palou


With a projected worldwide urban population of six billion by 2050 and the combined effects of urban expansion and global warming, future city dwellers will be exposed to severe environmental issues such as poor air quality and urban heat islands. Numerical Weather Prediction models able to accurately simulate the urban meteorology at high spatial resolution (i.e., ~1 km horizontal grid spacing) are powerful tools that allow us to develop and evaluate mitigation and adaptation strategies to minimize these environmental problems. In this talk, to represent the impact of urban surfaces in mesoscale simulations, a multilayer building energy parameterization implemented in the worldwide-used Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model is presented together with two recent applications of the WRF-urban modeling system over Arizona. This work has been funded with NSF Grant DMS 1419593 and USDA NIFA Grant 2015-67003-23508.