Articles | Volume 13, issue 7
Model description paper
16 Jul 2020
Model description paper |  | 16 Jul 2020

WRF-GC (v1.0): online coupling of WRF (v3.9.1.1) and GEOS-Chem (v12.2.1) for regional atmospheric chemistry modeling – Part 1: Description of the one-way model

Haipeng Lin, Xu Feng, Tzung-May Fu, Heng Tian, Yaping Ma, Lijuan Zhang, Daniel J. Jacob, Robert M. Yantosca, Melissa P. Sulprizio, Elizabeth W. Lundgren, Jiawei Zhuang, Qiang Zhang, Xiao Lu, Lin Zhang, Lu Shen, Jianping Guo, Sebastian D. Eastham, and Christoph A. Keller

Model code and software

WRF-GC v1.0 H. Lin, X. Feng, T.-M. Fu, H. Tian, Y. Ma, L. Zhang, D. J. Jacob, R. M. Yantosca, M. P. Sulprizio, E. W. Lundgren, J. Zhuang, Q. Zhang, X. Lu, L. Zhang, L. Shen, J. Guo, S. D. Eastham, and C. A. Keller

Short summary
Online coupling of meteorology and chemistry models often presents maintenance issues with hard-wired coding. We present WRF-GC, an one-way online coupling of the WRF meteorological model and GEOS-Chem atmospheric chemistry model for regional atmospheric chemistry and air quality modeling. Our coupling structure allows future versions of either parent model to be immediately integrated into WRF-GC. The WRF-GC model was able to well reproduce regional PM2.5 with greater computational efficiency.