Skip to content

Model Experimentation

Project teams working across the WHOI-team, DOE-lab groups, and NOAA-lab groups will pursue a coordinated set of modeling activities designed to improve and explore the coupling between weather, surface wave, and ocean models, advanced parameterizations for surface and boundary layer processes,  and wake effects and wake parameterizations.  Model analysis efforts will utilize these advancements and model simulations to improve our understanding of the wind resource present in the study area, the role of different types of weather events in energy production, and the ability of foundational weather models to forecast atmospheric and wind conditions critical to offshore wind energy forecasts

Summary of WFIP-3 modeling and model analysis activities by group and topic area.

WHOI-team GroupsDOE Lab GroupsNOAA Lab Groups
Model coupling simulations – test and refine  3-way coupled model systems, data inputs, and evaluate 3D PBL schemes within coupled models for case studiesWind/wave and Wind/wave/ocean model coupling simulations for case studies as well as full period runs and resource analyses.  Guide Energy Research Forecasting (ERF) model developmentCompliment DOE and WHOI-team objectives [listed at left] with a focus on RRFS output and analysis
Improved PBL and surface-layer modeling and coupled mesoscale-microscale simulations of case studiesImprove representation of clouds and precipitation in models – Evaluate precipitation schemes in WRF/ERF and validate with observations as well as cloud-driven turbulence and parameterization schemes within WRF/ERF/NekRS.Development of RRFSv2 using WFIP-3 data
Quantification of wake and upwind blockage effects on the wind resource, improving wake parameterizations with observations and with WRF Generalized Actuator Disk (GAD) large-eddy simulations, assessing uncertainty of wake parameterizationsMesoscale and synoptic scale site or resource characterization using long term, or base-case, model simulations.


Uncertainty quantification of coupled models against the base case model simulation.
Evaluation of RRFS and RRFSv2 using WFIP-3 data
Data assimilation in ERF (analysis nudging) and RRFS (Jedi)Real-time forecasting using RRFS for WFIP-3 and supporting event log process
Wake model evaluation

Support WHOI-team work using NekRS - Coupled wind-wave-wake modeling, and WRF Generalized Actuator Disk (GAD) parameterizations