WRF 2014 Major Release
WRF Release Information
The next major WRF release (tentatively Version 3.6) will be made in Spring 2014.
Developers seeking to have their codes for new capabilities considered for
this must review
Information for Code Contributors.
Prospective contributors may write to firstname.lastname@example.org for information and for contacting
the Developers' Committee, which oversees code contributions to the WRF system
and manages the WRF repository. Both the Developers' Committee and the Release Committee,
which oversees the release process, are described in
WRF Code Repository and Release Administration.
Candidate Features and Contributions—
WRF 2014 Major Release
A partial list of potential features for the release is shown below.
Ultimate inclusion of any code or feature, however, is dependent on the code's
following testing and preparation requirements and meeting the deadlines for
submission, testing, and revision. Developers may have code considered for the
release as long as the timeline and the procedures for
contribution (see Information
for Code Contributors) are met. As described in that document and
in Testing Information for Contributors,
developers and contributors may contact email@example.com for information on providing their
code to a member of the Developers' Committee and
on preparing and testing their code for submission.
- Coupler interface
- Physics: HUJI microphysics, aerosol modificaitons for RRTMG and Goddard SW,
Noah MP groundwater option
- WRFDA: New radiance observations (e.g., GOES)
- WRF-Chem: Removal of undocumented features, improved capabilities
of existing packages, changes to handling of anthropogenic emissions
- WRF-Hydro: Noah MP with WRF-Hydro, CLM interface
- HWRF: Multiple storm-following nests
- UPP: New compile option for postprocessor use
Timeline— WRF 2014 Major Release
The timeline for the release is as follows.
"RC" refers to the Release Committee; "DC" refers to the Developers' Committee.
"R" refers to the target release date.
Early September 2013
Approx. 6-mo advance date (R-6m)
- Users notified of release and provided
information on dates and where to find requirements, procedures,
and further details.
- RC begins meetings for release cycle.
September 30, 2013
- Notice of intent to submit code due from potential
November 1, 2013
Approx. 4-mo advance date (R-4m)
- New code or modifications from outside contributors
must be through the required testing and provided to the point of
contact or the DC.
December 1, 2013
Approx. 3-mo advance date (R-3m)
- Repository frozen (bugfixes excepted).
- Check on new features for the release is discussed by the RC
Late January 2014
- First friendly-user release. Preliminary code made available for
Late February 2014
- Second friendly-user release. Code made available for
- Remaining bug fixes implemented.
- Full set of regression tests run on machines at NCAR.
- Weekly RC meetings.
Early March 2014
- Final round of large testing. RC and DC meetings focus on status of code and testing.
- DC certifies code (final approval) for release. Code packaged and staged for release.
Late March 2014
The WRF Release Committee oversees the major releases of WRF. It
is described in the policies for NCAR's administration of the WRF code in WRF Code Repository and Release Administration. The members are listed below.
Jordan Powers, NCAR/MMM— Chairman
Michael Barlage, NCAR/RAL
Tom Black, NOAA/NCEP
Jimy Dudhia, NCAR/MMM
Dave Gill, NCAR/MMM
Georg Grell, NOAA/ESRL
Steven Peckham, NOAA/ESRL
Don Stark, DTC
Wei Wang, NCAR/MMM
Jamie Wolff, DTC
Wei Yu, NCAR/RAL
Xin Zhang, NCAR/MMM