2.4 Estimating atmospheric forcing errors in ocean data assimilation using the representer method

Monday, 7 January 2013: 2:15 PM
Room 9C (Austin Convention Center)
Hans E. Ngodock, NRL, Stennis Space Center, MS; and M. J. Carrier

In this study, a weak constraint assimilation is carried out using the Navy Coastal Ocean Model 4DVAR to fit the ocean observations collected in the Monterey, while minimizing/estimating the errors in both the initial conditions and atmospheric forcing fields. The cost function is minimized through the representer algorithm, which expresses the optimal assimilation solution as a first guess plus a finite linear combination of representer functions, one per datum. The method allows the control of both initial conditions and model errors while minimizing the cost function in the observations space. Retrieved corrections to the atmospheric forcing are validated by adding them to the prior estimates and integrating the nonlinear model, and comparing the resulting solution to independent and non-assimilated observations. Examples of numerical experiments will be shown.
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