Data-driven localization mappings in filtering the monsoon-Hadley multicloud convective flows

Michèle De La Chevrotière, John Harlim

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This paper demonstrates the efficacy of data-driven localization mappings for assimilating satellite-like observations in a dynamical system of intermediate complexity. In particular, a sparse network of synthetic brightness temperature measurements is simulated using an idealized radiative transfer model and assimilated to the monsoon-Hadley multicloud model, a nonlinear stochastic model containing several thousands of model coordinates. A serial ensemble Kalman filter is implemented in which the empirical correlation statistics are improved using localization maps obtained from a supervised learning algorithm. The impact of the localization mappings is assessed in perfect-model observing system simulation experiments (OSSEs) as well as in the presence of model errors resulting from the misspecification of key convective closure parameters. In perfect-model OSSEs, the localization mappings that use adjacent correlations to improve the correlation estimated from small ensemble sizes produce robust accurate analysis estimates. In the presence of model error, the filter skills of the localization maps trained on perfect- and imperfect-model data are comparable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1197-1218
Number of pages22
JournalMonthly Weather Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science


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