88th Annual Meeting (20-24 January 2008)

Monday, 21 January 2008: 9:00 AM
Impact of a stochastic perturbation scheme on global ensemble forecast
219 (Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
Dingchen Hou, NOAA/NWS/NCEP/EMC and SAIC, Camp Springs, MD; and Z. Toth, Y. Zhu, and W. Yang
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A Stochastic Perturbation Scheme (SPS) has been developed at the National Centers for Environmental Predictions (NCEP) and tested with the Global Ensemble Forecast System (GEFS). The scheme represents the uncertainty associated with the forecast model itself by adding a stochastic term to the tendencies of all model variables, which is based on stochastic combinations of the conventional pertubation tendencies of all ensemble members. Recently, the scheme is tested for the first time in a quasi-operational environment with its full version, and this paper evaluates its impact on the forecast, in terms of the ensemble mean and ensemble based probabilistic forecasts, for various atmospheric variables.

The experiments are carried out under the Earth System Modeling Framework (ESMF) environment, which allows for simultaneous and synchronized integration of all the ensemble members and information exchange among these members. This makes it possible to implement the full version of the SPS and compare the results with its various simplified versions. The results suggest that the scheme significantly reduces systematic forecast errors, increases the ensemble spread and improve probabilistic forecast skills. Possible approaches to maximize the positive impact of the scheme on ensemble forecasts are also proposed.

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