2.2 Progress toward Integrating the Finite-Volume Cubed-Sphere (FV3) Dynamical Core Tangent Linear and Adjoint Models into JEDI

Wednesday, 10 January 2018: 10:45 AM
Salon K (Hilton) (Austin, Texas)
Daniel Holdaway, UCAR, Boulder, CO; and Y. Tremolet

The Joint Effort for Data assimilation Integration (JEDI) - led by the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA) - is an inter-organizational endeavor to develop a common framework for performing data assimilation. This extensive framework will ultimately provide solvers, observation operators, interpolation and model interfaces using wholly object oriented programming. Two partners involved in JEDI use or plan to use the Finite Volume Cubed-Sphere (FV3) dynamical core to produce weather forecasts; these are NASA's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office and NOAA's National Center for Environment Prediction. In this work we present an update on ongoing efforts to integrate the FV3 tangent linear and adjoint models into the prototype JEDI framework. We setup and run a simple cycled data assimilation experiment using 4DVAR on the cubed sphere grid and with the FV3 tangent linear and adjoint models. Development of the observation operators for JEDI is separately underway. Instead of using real observations a simplified set of simulated observations will be used. We discuss the steps required to bring the FV3 linearized model into the object oriented framework and consider what would be the computational requirements of running this configuration for an operational like system. FV3 uses a small time-step to ensure that small scales are well resolved, however this presents design challenges when running 4DVAR with the adjoint. An approach to storing the FV3 model trajectory has been developed that maintains the flexibility of using automatic differentiation. We discuss how this approach is incorporated into the framework. Other important data assimilation related uses of adjoint models include computing observation impacts and singular vectors, we consider how these tools can be included in JEDI.
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