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Proposing Institution

Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research
Project Manager

Zhenyu Zhang
Kreuzeckbahnstra▀e 19
82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Understanding the hydrological cycle in water limited regions is crucial and challenging. Our focus is on the Heihe river basin, located in Northwestern China. Water-related activities are essential for the human economy in this region, and require detailed knowledge of the available water resources. In this study, the complex interactions of water and energy fluxes between the land and the atmosphere will be investigated by coupled atmospheric and hydrological modeling at high spatial and temporal resolution, and compared with in-situ measurements. The atmospheric model considered in this project is the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, including its hydrologically enhanced version WRF-Hydro. The hydrological enhancement in WRF-Hydro integrates the horizontal terrestrial water transport at the land surface and in the subsurface. WRF and WRF-Hydro simulations will be carried out and used to investigate the joint atmospheric-terrestrial water balances in the study region. A special focus will be on the impact of atmospheric-hydrological coupling on modeling results at intra-seasonal and sub-daily time scale.

Impressum, Conny Wendler