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HIRMOD: High-resolution atmospheric modelling in complex terrain for future climate simulations

Project Leader
Seibert Petra, Project Leader
Contact person:
Schicker Irene
Austrian Climate Research Programme (ACRP) - Individual Project
Type of Research
Basic Research

Further information:

Schicker Irene, Project Staff
Arnold Delia, Project Staff (bis 30.06.2014)
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Meteorology and Climatology
Funded by
Klima- und Energiefonds, Leopold-Ungar-Platz 2 / Stiege 1 / 4.OG / Top 142, 1190 Wien, Austria
The creation of climate-change scenarios at km-resolution in mountainous terrain is an unsolved problem although impact studies urgently need this. HIRMOD prepares for the time in the near future when computers will be powerful enough to accomplish this aim by dynamical downscaling with nonhydrostatic models. Two such models, MM5 and WRF, which have already produced realistic results at such high resolution in the Alps, will be improved for some key features (digital elevation and land-use data, initialisation, etc.). Then, systematic tests with episodic simulations will be carried out to determine the op-timum set-up in terms of horizontal and vertical resolution, domains, and physical parameterisations. Results will be compared with station data, remote sensing data, and coarse regional climate model output, and used in transport simulations to provide fur-ther validation with radon and other trace gases.
climatology; meteorology;

** Schicker, I; Arias, DA; Seibert, P Influences of updated land-use datasets on WRF simulations for two Austrian regions.

METEOROL ATMOS PHYS. 2016; 128(3): 279-301. WoS FullText FullText_BOKU

D. Arnold, I. Schicker, H. Formayer and P. Seibert. (2012): Towards high-resolution environmental modelling in the Alpine region .

In: Steyn, Douw G., Trini Castelli, Silvia (Eds.), Air Pollution Modeling and its Application XXI, p. 269-272; Springer, Dordrecht; ISBN 978-94-007-1358

D. Arnold, D. Morton, I. Schicker, P. Seibert, M. W. Rotach, K. Horvath, J. Dudhia, T. Satomura, M. Müller, G. Zängl, T. Takemi, S. Serafin, J. Schmidli, S. Schneider (2012): High Resolution Modelling in Complex Terrain. Report on the HiRCoT 2012 Workshop, Vienna, 21–23 February 2012.

BOKU-Met Report 21 FullText

Arnold, Delia , Don Morton, Irene Schicker, Jan Zabloudil, Oriol Jorba, Kayla Harrison, Greg Newby, and Petra Seibert (2011): WRF benchmark for regional applications.. [Poster]
[12th WRF Users Workshop 2011, Boulder, CO, USA, 20.06.2011 - 24.06.2011]

In: National Center for Atmospheric Research,

Irene Schicker, Delia Arnold, Petra Seibert (2011): Updating the currently available landuse data in WRF: impacts on simulations for the Austrian Inn Valley. [Poster]
[31st International Conference on Alpine Meteorology ICAM 2011, Aviemore, Scotland, UK, 23.05.2011 - 27.05.2011]

In: NCAS (Hrsg.) and Met Office (Hrsg.), Poster Presentation Abstracts, (Seite 41)

D. Arnold, I. Schicker, P. Seibert (2010): High-Resolution Atmospheric Modelling in Complex Terrain for Future Climate Simulations (HiRmod) - Report 2010.

Vienna Scientific Cluster (VSC), 8 FullText


Schicker I., Arnold D., Seibert P. (2011): The HiRmod project - preparing for regional climate modelling with high resolution non-hydrostatic models.

, International Symposium Climate Change in High Mountain Regions, 29 August - 1 September 2011, SALZBURG, AUSTRIA

Petra Seibert, Dèlia Arnold, Irene Schicker (2010): High-Resolution atmospheric modelling in complex terrain for future climate applications.

, KLI.EN workshop "Klimafolgenforschung – Rahmenbedingungen und Förderungen des Klima- und Energiefonds", 15 Jul 2010, Wien

Petra Seibert, Irene Schicker, Delia Arnold, Herbert Formayer, and Imran Nadeem (2010): Climate simulation in mountain regions: why we need sub-km-scale resolution. [Poster]

, EGU General Assembly 2010, 02 – 07 May 2010, Wien

Schicker, I, Arnold, D., and P. Seibert (2010): A case study of very high resolution meteorological modelling in Alpine landscapes using MM5 and WRF.

, 14th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, 30 August – 3 September, Squaw Valley, CA

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