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The user only needs to edit the 'experiment.wrf4g' file in order to design the experiments. From this file WRF4G generates all the WRF configuration files (namelist.wps and namelist.input) needed to run the simulations planned for the experiment, and then launch them. It has the following structure:

  • experiment_name: Name of the experiment. It has to be unique. Duplicity of experiment names would give different WRF4G answers:

Domain of simulation

  • max_dom: Number of domains
  • domain_name: Name of the folder where there is all the information of the domain of simulation ('nameslit.wps' & 'geo_em.d[nn].nc'). This folder will be find in ${WRF4G_DOMAINPATH} of the resources.wrf4g? file

Input data

  • extdata_vtable: Vtable of the ungrib module to be used to decode provided GRIB input data
  • extdata_preprocessor: name (just the ending [NAME] section 'preprocessor.[NAME]') of the necessary pre-processor useful to make the specific input data available for WRF model. User could not be interested on the permanent WRF-necessary modification of any source of data. With the specification and design of a pre-processor, necessary WRF modifications (g.e.: ASCII to GRIB, variables re-coding, complete input data). Pre-processors are included within the WRF4G-1.0beta.tar.gz tar file from '${WRF4G_LOCATION}/repository/apps'
  • extdata_path : Path to the data. It must be consistent with the pre-processor design
  • extdata_interval: Interval of the input data (in seconds). On multiple input data sources place the smallest one

Output data

  • postprocessor: user migh tbe interested on the transformation of the WRF outputs. A first generic post-process of the output will be automatically done if a valid name postprocessor.[NAME] is provided. Post-processors are included within the WRF4G-1.0beta.tar.gz tar file from '${WRF4G_LOCATION}/repository/apps'

Experiment time-specification

  • start_date: Beginning of the experiment
  • end_date: End of the experiment.
  • chunk_size_h: Length (in hour) of the smallest independent temporal piece of the experiment. It will be the same for all the realizations of the experiment and at the end of each one will be written a wrf-restart file in order to continue the experiment with the consecutive chunk
  • multiple_dates: Binary flag (0:No, 1:Yes) indicating whether the experiment will be based on independent realizations started at different dates with the same length. When activated it has to be accompanied with appropriated values of:
    • simulation_interval_h: interval (in hour) between independent realizations. It can be specified as multiple values as follows: 'N*chunk_size'
    • simulation_length_h: length (in hour) of the independent realization. It can be specified as multiple values as follows: 'M*chunk_size'
  • rerun: Binary flag (0;No , 1: Yes) indicating whether the experiment should be rerun although experiment has already run (over-writing output files and data-base values)
  • multiple_parameters: Binary flag (0;No , 1: Yes) indicating whether the experiment will be based in independent realizations with different values on the WRF-namelist.input file. When activated it has to be accompanied with appropriated values of:
    • multiparams_variables: set of parameters that would be different (some of them or all) between realizations. It is given as a coma-separated WRF-namelist.input files (no record specification is necessary if the parameter already appears on the provided WRF-version namelist.input template?, If not it should be [parameter]__[record])
    • multiparams_combinations: set of values that would take each parameter on the realization (coma-separated). Realizations are separated by '/'
    • multiparams_nitems: number of values that should have the namelist parameter. ${max_dom}, as many values as domains; 1, a single value
    • multiparams_labels: organization of the output of the experiment will be done with a folder for each realization. Pattern of the folder name of a given realization will be [start_date]_[multiparams_combinations]('_' separated). However, if user provide a set of names ('/' separated) for each realization, folder names will be '[start_date]_[multiparams_labels]'


  • clean_after_run: binary flag (0: no, 1: yes) indicating whether heavy-staff of the simulation (g.e.: wrf.exs, rsl.) should be removed from '${WRF4G_RUN_LOCAL}'. It should be desirable for debugging purposes the maintenance of these files on running place. (Default value is 1)
  • save_wps: binary flag (0: no, 1: yes) indicating whether boundary and initial conditions (real.exe output) should be preserved. They will be used if experiment launched again. (Default value is 0)

WRF-namelist parameters

User provides namelist values. They will be over-written on multiple_parameters experiments (only the included parameters). User can modify any of the paramters of the namelist. It has to be the same name as in the namelist.input with a prefix-flag and the record to its belongs

  • Single valued; NI_[namelist_parameter_name]_ _[record]: NI flag indicating that [namelist_parameter_name] of record [record] has a single value
  • One value per all domains; NIN_[namelist_parameter_name]_ _[record]: NIN flag indicating that [namelist_paramter_name] of record [record] has the same value for all the domains of the experiment
  • One value per domain; NIM_[namelist_name]_ _[record]: NIM flag indicating that [namelist_paramter_name] of record [record] has a different value value for each the domains of the experiment


  • timestep_dxfactor: If present, the time step is computed as this fator times the dx in kilometers. Defaults to 6, as suggested by the WRF team for most applications. Under some circumstances (cfl problems) a lower value may be needed. In any case, the time step is adjusted to the higest value lower than timestep_dxfactor times dx fitting evenly in a 1 hour period.


Multipledates runs

When the multiple_dates parameter is set to 0, two additional configuration options (simulation_interval_h and simulation_lenght_h) are available to set up hindcast runs. Their usage is best understood through a couple of examples. Imagine you are interested in running a 7-day forecast starting every day at 12Z for the period from 1-Jan-2001 to 31-Dic-2001. This can be accomplished by setting:

start_date = "2001-01-01_12:00:00"
end_date = "2002-01-01_00:00:00"
is_continuous = 0
  simulation_interval_h = 24
  simulation_lenght_h = 168 # this 7 days in hours

and the will setup 365 independent runs performing the 7-day forecasts which will be distributed in the grid or in your local cluster.

Multipleparameters runs

Multi-physics runs are activated when the multiple_paramters parameter is set to one. Three additional parameters allow you to configure the physics combinations to set up.

This mode allows varying parameters in general, not necessarily physics options. For instance, if user would like to check WRF performance on domain MPI-decomposition, by settting:

is_multiphysics = 1
  multiphysics_variables = "nproc_x,nproc_y"
  multiphysics_nitems = "1,1"
  multiphysics_combinations = "1,4/4,1/2,2/-1,-1"

you can vary the domain decomposition and send an experiment with four realizations and the only difference is the way the MPI domains are partitioned.