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How to use real topography in Idealized WRF simulation?

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Hello WRF Community,

I am trying to run a WRF idealized simulation with real topography. I want to use the same topography height/features that I have in my successfully completed real WRF simulation case.
I used to run idealized simulations using idealized topography in the past. This time I am trying to use real topography instead of idealized topography. I haven't got any tutorial or resources to do this even in the WRF user guide.

I would be grateful if someone helps me with some resources or ideas to do this? Any help would be highly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

With kind regards
Please take a look at the code dyn_em/module_initialize_ideal.F, in which you can look at the specific ideal case you want to run. Then you will need to modify the codes to read your terrain data. I have never done this before, so I am not sure whether it works or not.Note that ideal cases are designed to run under relatively simple conditions and without any large-scale constraints. Introducing complex terrain may lead to issues in WRF physics and dynamics.