Project Overview

Cornell University and the National Center for Atmospheric Research are implementing a coordinated containerized framework for the Weather Research and Forecasting Model that seamlessly integrates a new multi-node WRF container, an optimized Model Evaluation Tools (METplus) container, and an enhanced Analysis and Visualization container for more productive research. The integrated WRF framework (I-WRF) will support multi-node simulations, enabling research-grade applications, i.e., simulations covering large domains at high spatial discretization. The 4-year project began August 1, 2022 and its projected end date is July 31, 2026.

I-WRF’s coordinated capabilities and ease of use will enable a wider range of researchers—from environmental engineering, transportation, civil engineering, air quality policy, hydrology, urban planning, agriculture, and more—to run their own modeling activities, followed by convenient interaction with the results, including evaluation and visualizations. The I-WRF container will be designed for optimal portability and reproducibility of results for traceability of research.

The integrated framework and container features will be tested and validated on the latest parallel HPC and cloud platforms by CI researchers and use case scientists who will scale studies on the evolution of renewable energy generation in a changing climate, the effect of land use and climate change on severe weather events, and the relation between air quality and human morbidity and mortality.

On the other end of the computational spectrum, these exact same containers will serve as the vehicles for introducing students to numerical atmospheric simulations and output evaluation at WRF and METplus tutorials and in classroom curricula at universities.