Fifth Conference on Artificial Intelligence Applications to Environmental Science
19th Conference on Climate Variability and Change


Hybrid Numerical Climate and Weather Prediction Models Combining Deterministic and Statistical Learning Model Components (Invited Speaker)

Vladimir M. Krasnopolsky, Univ. of Maryland and NOAA/NCEP/EMC/SAIC, Camp Springs, MD; and M. S. Fox-Rabinovitz

A new approach to numerical climate and weather modeling, namely hybrid numerical models (HNMs) based on combining deterministic modeling and statistical/machine learning components, is introduced and formulated.  Conceptual and practical possibilities of developing HNMs, as an optimal synergetic combination of the traditional first principles modeling (like that used for solving PDEs on the sphere representing model dynamics of global climate and weather models) and machine learning components (like accurate and fast neural network emulations of model physics or chemistry processes), are discussed.  Examples of developed HNMs, hybrid climate models [Krasnopolsky et al. 2005; Krasnopolsky and Fox-Rabinovitz 2006a,b] and a hybrid ocean wind-wave model [Krasnopolsky et al. 2002]) illustrate the feasibility and efficiency of the new approach for modeling extremely complex multidimensional climate and weather prediction systems.  Advantages and challenges of the HNM approach are discussed. The presentation will include the following topics:

1.      Introduction

1.1.   Formulation of the approach

1.2.   Introduction to NN emulation techniques

2.      Examples of successful applications of the HNM approach

2.1.   Neural Network (NN) emulations for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Community Atmospheric Model (CAM) long wave and short wave radiations and their use for the model climate simulations

2.2.   NN emulation for the nonlinear wave-wave interactions for an ocean wind-wave model

3.      Advantages of the HNM techniques

3.1.   High accuracy and significant acceleration/speed-up of calculations resulting in the overall improvement of the computational performance for complex numerical models

3.2.   Improvement of the description of processes (physical, chemical, etc.) included in the model

3.2.1.      The possibility of using developed but computationally prohibited more advanced and sophisticated, model components.

3.2.2.      Development of new more advanced model components using leaning from data capabilities of NN emulations.

4.      Challenges related to the HNM techniques

4.1.   Complexity of the model components to be emulated with NNs

4.2.   Controlling a small amount of larger approximation errors:

4.2.1.      Possible approaches to detecting larger NN emulation errors

4.2.2.      Using a Compound Parameterization (CP) framework for controlling and reducing the larger errors.

4.2.3.      Using NN ensemble approaches to reduce the amount of larger errors

4.3.   Multiple correlations between inputs (outputs) and their possible negative and positive effects. The possibility of using the correlations for an additional improvement of the computational performance of NN emulations

5.      Conclusions



Krasnopolsky V. M., D. V. Chalikov, and H. L. Tolman, 2002: "A Neural Network Technique to Improve Computational Efficiency of Numerical Oceanic Models", Ocean Modelling, v.4, 363-383.

Krasnopolsky, V.M., M.S. Fox-Rabinovitz, and D.V. Chalikov, 2005: “Fast and Accurate Neural Network Approximation of Long Wave Radiation in a Climate Model”, Monthly Weather Review, vol. 133, No. 5, pp. 1370-1383.

Krasnopolsky, V.M., and M.S. Fox-Rabinovitz, 2006a: A New Synergetic Paradigm in Environmental Numerical Modeling: Hybrid Models Combining Deterministic and Machine Learning Components, Ecological Modelling, 191, pp. 5–18.

Krasnopolsky, V.M., and M.S. Fox-Rabinovitz, 2006b: Complex hybrid models combining deterministic and machine learning components for numerical climate modeling and weather prediction, Neural Networks 19, 122–134.


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Joint Session 3, Artificial Intelligence and Climate Applications (Joint between 5th Conference on Applications of Artificial Intelligence in the Environmental Sciences and 19th Conference on Climate Variability and Change)
Tuesday, 16 January 2007, 1:40 PM-5:00 PM, 210B

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