National Weather Center Colloquium
Urban Models: Development and Coupling to Meteorological Simulations
Dr. Elie Bou-Zeid
Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering
02 April 2013, 4:00 PM
National Weather Center, Room 1313
120 David L. Boren Blvd.
University of Oklahoma
Urbanization is the land-use modification with the largest impacts on local hydrology and climatology. It has significant implications for air quality and water sustainability in cities. The complexity of the involved physical processes and their interactions have so far been oversimplified, leading to considerable biases in model output when compared to observations. This talk will consider recent developments in urban model design, the validation of models using sensor networks and satellite observations, and coupling urban models to the Weather Research and Forecasting model system. Model applications to study effects of urban heat islands will be demonstrated.