Predictability Experiments of Fog and Visibility in Local Airports over Korea using the WRF Model

  • Bang, Cheol-Han (Global Environment Research Center, National Institute of Environmental Research) ;
  • Lee, Ji-Woo (Republic of Korea Air Force) ;
  • Hong, Song-You (Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Global Environment Laboratory, Yonsei University)
  • Published : 2008.12.31


The objective of this study is to evaluate and improve the capability of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model in simulating fog and visibility in local airports over Korea. The WRF model system is statistically evaluated for the 48-fog cases over Korea from 2003 to 2006. Based on the 4-yr evaluations, attempts are made to improve the simulation skill of fog and visibility over Korea by revising the statistical coefficients in the visibility algorithms of the WRF model. A comparison of four existing visibility algorithms in the WRF model shows that uncertainties in the visibility algorithms include additional degree of freedom in accuracy of numerical fog forecasts over Korea. A revised statistical algorithm using a linear-regression between the observed visibility and simulated hydrometeors and humidity near the surface exhibits overall improvement in the visibility forecasts.



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