From July 18th to 20th the Queretaro Autonomous University’s Engineering school was the headquarters for the “Regional Weather Climate Modeling” workshop, activity at which specilists from the National Center for Atmospheric Reaserch (NCAR) from the United States trained and updated mexican reaserchers in the use of the Weather Research Forcasting model (WRF).

The WRF is a model in a last generation mesoscale model originated in the United States and validated worldwide. It is used to make cimatic prognosis in function to quality data: the input data- which are the atmospheric conditions and its behavior, soil conditions and orography- and the present and past meteorological and climatic input data; in function to the combination of these factors runs a model based on equations that produce legible graphics.

“The most basic application the model has is to realease the weather forecast in a short term. Nevertheless, it has the advantage that if used quality data in a decades or a longer scale, a prognosis for posterior years can be made; besides validating what happened to the collected data in a local scale to review past seasons and, this way, validate the models for future projections”, detailed Dr. Carlos Manuel Welsh Rodríguez, from Universidad Veracruzana and workshop co-organizer.

The workshope arose as part of a reaserch project headed by Dr. Enrique González Sosa, Engineering school academic in the area of Hydrology and member of the REDESCLIM; the lecture was in charge of Lawrence Buja, David Yates, and Liu Changai Phd’s.

The training was a colaboration among UAQ, the Science and Technology National Council, the Red de Desastres Asociados a Fenómenos Hidrometeorológicos y Climáticos (REDESCLIM) and the Institut national de recherche en science et technologies pour l’environnement et l’agriculture (IRSTEA).

20 experts from diferent parts of the country participated, such as: UAQ, Concyteq, Water technology Mexican Institute (Instituto Mexicano de Tecnología del Agua), the Zacatecas Autonomous University (Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas), the Water National Comission (Comisión Nacional del Agua), the Veracruzana University (Universidad Veracruzana), Veracruz’ Civil Protection (Protección Civil de Veracruz), the Mexico’s National Autonomous University (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) and the Water Resources Interamerican Center (Centro Interamericano de Recursos del Agua).

During the course reaserchers from the Concyteq’s Queretaro Natural Resources Center participated with the porpouse of learning how to use the software and apply it in an investigation project focused on polluntants dispertion from movile sources in five mexican cities: Querétaro, Morelia, Aguascalientes, Irapuato y San Luis Potosí.