Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
Geosci. Model Dev., 14, 961–984, 2021
Geosci. Model Dev., 14, 961–984, 2021

Model description paper 18 Feb 2021

Model description paper | 18 Feb 2021

The Vertical City Weather Generator (VCWG v1.3.2)

Mohsen Moradi et al.

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The Vertical City Weather Generator (VCWG) is an urban microclimate model developed to predict temporal and vertical variation of potential temperature, wind speed, and specific humidity. VCWG is forced by climate variables at a nearby rural site and coupled to radiation and building energy models. VCWG is evaluated against field observations of the BUBBLE campaign. It is run under exploration mode to assess its performance given urban characteristics, seasonal variations, and climate zones.