WRF User Support and Information
Overall support to users for the WRF system is handled by the
Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology (MMM)
Division of NCAR, and the main page for information on the WRF Model
and user support is: WRF Users' Page. The WRF system contains two dynamical solvers, referred
to as the ARW (Advanced Research WRF) core and the NMM (Nonhydrostatic
Mesoscale Model) core. The ARW has been largely developed and maintained by the
MMM Division of NCAR, and its users' page is: WRF-ARW Users' Page. The NMM core was developed by the
National Centers for Environmental Prediction, and its user support is provided
by the Developmental Testbed Center. Its users' page is: WRF-NMM Users' Page.
The most recent WRF release is WRF Version 3.6.1,
issued in August 2014. V3.6.1 contains bugfixes and and enhancements
of the prior major release V3.6 (April 2014), and information on V3.6.1
may be found here:
WRF V3.6.1 Release Information.
The next major release will be WRF V3.7 and is targeted for Spring 2015.
Information on it may be found here: WRF V3.7 Release Information.
Information for Code Contributors: Code Submittal and Documentation
There are coding practices and code submittal
procedures for those seeking to contribute to the WRF system.
These include coding standards, code testing requirements,
and submittal procedures. Prospective contributors
should familiarize themselves with these
requirements by consulting the contributor information document:
for WRF Code Contributors. They should also note
the policies and procedures of
WRF repository and WRF release administration, summarized below
and described here: WRF Code Repository and Release Administration.
Among the practices and procedures for code submittal is the documentation
requirement. Contributors should provide documentation on their codes so that:
(i) users can understand what the purposes and background of the code are, and
(ii) those supporting the WRF system to the user community
can understand its structure, function, and behavior.
Information for Contributors: Code Testing
As described in
for WRF Code Contributors: Code Testing,
developers and prospective contributors of code to WRF
must do preliminary testing of their codes.
This consists of software testing and case testing,
and the materials and information on this may be found here:
WRF Repository and Release Administration
NCAR is responsible for the support of WRF code
to the user community and for the administration of the WRF
repository and of WRF releases. This includes
oversight of the processes for source code modification,
source code testing, and repository upkeep. It also includes
managing and overseeing the WRF release
process. To guide these activities and to inform the
WRF community, the document WRF Code Repository and Release Administration describes
the policies and procedures.
management is handled by the
Developers' Committee, and WRF release management is handled by the
Release Committee. The Developers' Committee oversees additions to,
and maintenance of, the repository, while the Release Committee oversees
the release process. For information on contacting these
committees, users may write to firstname.lastname@example.org .