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WRF-Chem is the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model coupled with Chemistry. The model simulates the emission, transport, mixing, and chemical transformation of trace gases and aerosols simultaneously with the meteorology. The model is used for investigation of regional-scale air quality, field program analysis, and cloud-scale interactions between clouds and chemistry.
The development of WRF-Chem is a collaborative effort among the community. NOAA/ESRL scientists are the leaders and caretakers of the code. The Official WRF-Chem web page is located at the NOAA web site. Our model development is closely linked with both NOAA/ESRL and DOE/PNNL efforts. Description of PNNL WRF-Chem model development is located at the PNNL web site as well as the PNNL Aerosol Modeling Testbed.
NCAR has developed two chemical options in WRF-Chem (MOZART trace gases with GOCART aerosol scheme, and MOZART trace gases with MOSAIC aerosol scheme; MOZCART and MOZART-MOSAIC Users Guides). Information on these chemical options and on tools for using global model output for initial and boundary conditions, creating emissions files from MEGAN biogenic, FINN fire, and global anthropogenic emissions can be found on our Processors for the Community page.