WRF Short Course



Under the Visiting Scientist funding programme of the University of Cagliari (Italy), a Short Course on “WRF Modelling for Wind Energy Applications” will take place on June 10-14, 2019 in Cagliari.

The Short Course is organized under under the auspices of the Italian Hydraulics Group (GII), and is addressed to PhD students and young researchers.


Prof. Sukanta Basu

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands


Course description

During this intensive short course (35 hours), you will learn how to utilize a state-of-the-art mesoscale model, called the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, for wind resource estimation, wind farm wake modelling, short-term wind power prediction, and micro-climate impact studies.

At the beginning of the course, you will acquire some basic knowledge on mesoscale modelling; specifically, the following topics will be covered: numerical discretization of the equations of motion (finite difference schemes); coordinate transformation; grid-nesting; physical parameterizations with an emphasis on boundary layer schemes; sensitivity experiments; predictability and ensemble forecasting; and spatial forecast verification. Next, you will become familiar with various technical details of the WRF model including (but not limited to): pre-processing, compiling and running WRF on high-performance computers, and post-processing with a diverse suite of programming tools (e.g., IDV, MATLAB, NCL). Throughout the course, during afternoon hands on modelling sessions, you will conduct both idealized simulations and real-time forecasts. In addition, you will also be exposed with advanced topics such as gray-zone modelling, large-eddy simulation, and urban canopy parameterization.

In this short-course, prior knowledge of calculus and partial differential equations is assumed. Also, some prior working experience on any Linux platform will be a plus.

Short Course Poster

Short Course Announcement (only text)

Call for Applications

Please fill in the Application Form and send it by e-mail to Maria Grazia Badas (mgbadas@unica.it), enclosing also a copy of your curriculum vitae.

Places are limited and the deadline for applications is May 31, 2019.

There is no registration or tuition fee for the course. Participants must cover their own travel and subsistence costs.

For further information or inquiries feel free to contact: Maria Grazia Badas (mgbadas@unica.it) and Michela Garau (mi.garau@unica.it)

This Short Course is made possible with funding from the Visiting Scientist programme of the University of Cagliari.


The school is free of charge, but participants should cover their travel and accomodation expenses.

Suggestions and links for accomodation in Cagliari can be found at http://people.unica.it/visitingprofessor/accommodations/


The school will be held in the Engineering Faculty near Piazza d’Armi (there are three entrances: from Via Marengo, Viale Merello,  and Via Is Maglias), directions to the room will be emailed to participants.

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