Journal of Meteorological Research

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 219–235 | Cite as

Evaluation of the WRF-Lake Model over Two Major Freshwater Lakes in China

  • Yuanyuan Ma
  • Yi YangEmail author
  • Chongjian Qiu
  • Chenghai Wang
Special Collection on Weather and Climate under Complex Terrain and Variable Land Surfaces: Observations and Numerical Simulations


This paper evaluates the performance of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model coupled with a lake scheme over the Lake Poyang and Lake Dongting regions. We choose several cases with different weather characteristics, including winter with/without precipitation and summer with/without precipitation, and conduct a series of experiments (without the lake model, with the default lake model, and with a calibrated lake model that adjusts the water absorption, extinction coefficients, and surface roughness length) for each case. The results show that the performance of the lake model is significantly affected by the weather conditions. For the winter with precipitation cases, the performance of the default lake model is even worse than without the lake model, but the calibrated lake model can obviously reduce the biases of 2-m temperature and dew-point temperature. Although the performance of the default and new calibrated models is intricate for other cases, the new calibrated model has prominent advantages for 2-m dew-point temperature. Moreover, a long-term simulation of five months also shows that the new calibrated coupled lake model performs better than the default one. These imply that the new calibrated coupled lake model is more suitable to be used in studies of the effects of Lake Poyang and Lake Dongting on regional weather and climate.

Key words

atmosphere–lake coupled model Lake Poyang Lake Dongting calibration weather characteristics 


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We thank the ECMWF for providing the 6-hourly ERA-Interim dataset ( as the initial and boundary conditions to drive the WRF model. Besides, we also thank the National Meteorological Information Center of China ( for providing the precipitation, relative humidity, temperature, and dew-point temperature observations data.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuanyuan Ma
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yi Yang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Chongjian Qiu
    • 1
  • Chenghai Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Key Laboratory for Semi-Arid Climate Change of the Ministry of Education, College of Atmospheric SciencesLanzhou UniversityLanzhouChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Land Surface Process and Climate Change in Cold and Arid Regions, Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and ResourcesChinese Academy of SciencesLanzhouChina

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