WRF-Hydro Modeling System

The Weather Research and Forecasting Model Hydrological modeling system (WRF-Hydro) was developed as a community-based, open source, model coupling framework designed to link multi-scale process models of the atmosphere and terrestrial hydrology to provide:

  • An extensible multi-scale & multi-physics land-atmosphere modeling capability for conservative, coupled and uncoupled assimilation & prediction of major water cycle components such as: precipitation, soil moisture, snow pack, ground water, streamflow, and inundation.

  • Accurate and reliable streamflow prediction across scales (from 0-order headwater catchments to continental river basins and from minutes to seasons).

  • A research modeling testbed for evaluating and improving physical process and coupling representations

To Access Resource:

Questions? Email Resource Support Contact:

  • Molly McAllister
    UCAR/NCAR - Research Applications Laboratory


Resource Type software
Temporal Range Begin N/A
Temporal Range End N/A
Temporal Resolution Global
Bounding Box North Lat 90.00
Bounding Box South Lat -90.00
Bounding Box West Long -180.00
Bounding Box East Long 180.00
Spatial Representation grid
Spatial Resolution N/A
Related Links

WRF-Hydro User Guide : technical description and user guide

WRF-Hydro Overview :

Additional Information N/A
Resource Format FORTRAN
Standardized Resource Format OTHER
Asset Size N/A
Legal Constraints


Access Constraints None.
Software Implementation Language FORTRAN

Resource Support Name Molly McAllister
Resource Support Email mollymca@ucar.edu
Resource Support Organization UCAR/NCAR - Research Applications Laboratory
Distributor N/A
Metadata Contact Name Molly McAllister
Metadata Contact Email mollymca@ucar.edu
Metadata Contact Organization UCAR/NCAR - Research Applications Laboratory

Author Gochis, David J.
Barlage, Michael
Cabell, Ryan
Casali, Matthew
Dugger, Aubrey
FitzGerald, Katelyn
McAllister, Molly
McCreight, James
RafieeiNasab, Arezoo
Read, Laura
Sampson, Kevin
Yates, David
Zhang, Ying
Publisher UCAR/NCAR - Research Application Laboratory
Publication Date 2013-08-08
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) https://doi.org/10.5065/d6j38rbj
Alternate Identifier WRF-Hydro
Resource Version 5.0
Topic Category climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere
Progress onGoing
Metadata Date 2021-01-26T14:34:29
Metadata Record Identifier 0a9a80e6-b69d-407a-97e9-30c47b6bded0
Metadata Language eng
Suggested Citation Gochis, David J., Barlage, Michael, Cabell, Ryan, Casali, Matthew, Dugger, Aubrey, FitzGerald, Katelyn, McAllister, Molly, McCreight, James, RafieeiNasab, Arezoo, Read, Laura, Sampson, Kevin, Yates, David, Zhang, Ying. (2013). WRF-Hydro Modeling System. 5.0. UCAR/NCAR - Research Application Laboratory. https://doi.org/10.5065/d6j38rbj. Accessed 13 April 2024.

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