[Wrf-users] Confused about model height
ela at cola.iges.org
Tue Mar 10 15:12:36 MDT 2009
Geopotential heights are always given as height above sea level (I think the definition is more rigorous than this, but the effects of the non-spherical earth and non-uniform gravitiational fields are second-order effects). Otherwise, if height fields were computed as the height above the ground level, height fields would be distorted by the pattern of surface topography, and could not be used for calculating geostrophic winds, for example.
Eric L. Altshuler
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----- Original Message -----
From: "John Krasting" <krasting at envsci.rutgers.edu>
To: wrf-users at ucar.edu, "WRF Help" <wrfhelp at ucar.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 3:01:14 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: [Wrf-users] Confused about model height
Hi Users -
Just want to confirm exactly how height is calculated using ARWpost.
Is this the height above ground level or above sea level? I'm
assuming that since WRF is using a terrain-following hydrostatic
coordinate, that these values are above ground level.
!! Diagnostics: Height
SUBROUTINE calc_height(SCR, cname, cdesc, cunits)
real, pointer, dimension(:,:,:) :: SCR
character (len=128) :: cname, cdesc, cunits
SCR = ( (PH+PHB) / G ) / 1000.
cname = "height"
cdesc = "Model height"
cunits = "KM"
END SUBROUTINE calc_height
END MODULE module_calc_height
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