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Ensemble-based chemical data assimilation II: Real observations

Constantinescu, Emil M and Sandu, Adrian and Chai, Tianfeng and Carmichael, Gregory R (2006) Ensemble-based chemical data assimilation II: Real observations. Technical Report TR-06-07, Computer Science, Virginia Tech.

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Data assimilation is the process of integrating observational data and model predictions to obtain an optimal representation of the state of the atmosphere. As more chemical observations in the troposphere are becoming available, chemical data assimilation is expected to play an essential role in air quality forecasting, similar to the role it has in numerical weather prediction. Considerable progress has been made recently in the development of variational tools for chemical data assimilation. In this paper we assess the performance of the ensemble Kalman filter (EnKF) and compare it with a state of the art 4D-Var approach. We analyze different aspects that affect the assimilation process, investigate several ways to avoid filter divergence, and investigate the assimilation of emissions. Results with a real model and real observations show that EnKF is a promising approach for chemical data assimilation. The results also point to several issues on which further research is necessary.

Item Type:Departmental Technical Report
Keywords:data assimilation, ensemble Kalman filter, 4D-Var, chemical transport models
Subjects:Computer Science > Numerical Analysis
ID Code:744
Deposited By:Constantinescu, Mr. Emil M.
Deposited On:05 April 2006