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Hybrid Data Assimilation: an Ensemble-Variational Approach

Lim, Edward and Arcucci, Rossella and Molina-Solana, Miguel and Pain, Christopher and Guo, Yike
Proc. 15th International Conference on Signal Image Technology & Internet-based systems (SITIS2019) , pp. 633–640 (2019)

Abstract:

Data Assimilation (DA) is a technique used to quantify and manage uncertainty in numerical models by incorporating observations into the model. Variational Data Assimilation (VarDA) accomplishes this by minimising a cost functionwhich weighs the errors in both the numerical results and the observations. However, large-scale domains pose issues with the optimisation and execution of the DA model. In this paper, ensemble methods are explored as a means of sampling the background error at a reduced rank to condition the problem. The impact of ensemble size on the error is evaluated and benchmarked against other preconditioning methods explored in previous work such as using truncated singular value decomposition (TSVD). Localisation is also investigated as a form of reducing the long-range spurious errors in the background error covariance matrix. Both the mean squared error (MSE) and execution time are used as measure of performance. Experimental results for a 3D case for pollutant dispersion within an urban environment are presented with promise for future work using dynamic ensembles and 4Dstate vectors.

Links:

DOI: 10.1109/SITIS.2019.00104
PDF: https://conferences.computer.org/sitis/2019/pdfs/SITIS2019-3lg6NqN9oVMEKqMkwx1H8g/7DqxMHA7GyORpFDfnKGAUB/4dP9grwgZfYkYXedht8ceP.pdf

Bibtex:

@inproceedings{sitis2019,
  title = {Hybrid Data Assimilation: an Ensemble-Variational Approach},
  author = {Lim, Edward and Arcucci, Rossella and Molina-Solana, Miguel and Pain, Christopher and Guo, Yike},
  booktitle = {Proc. 15th International Conference on Signal Image Technology \& Internet-based systems (SITIS2019)},
  note = {Workshop on Numerical Algorithms and Methods for Data Analysis and Classification},
  pages = {633--640},
  year = {2019},
  address = {Naples, Italy},
  month = nov,
  timestamp = {51},
  doi = {10.1109/SITIS.2019.00104},
  url = {http://www.sitis-conf.org/},
  comment = {https://conferences.computer.org/sitis/2019/pdfs/SITIS2019-3lg6NqN9oVMEKqMkwx1H8g/7DqxMHA7GyORpFDfnKGAUB/4dP9grwgZfYkYXedht8ceP.pdf}
}