1.4 On the Limitations of Variational Bias Correction

Wednesday, 10 January 2018: 9:15 AM
Salon K (Hilton) (Austin, Texas)
Isaac Moradi, NASA, Greenbelt, MD; and W. McCarty and R. Gelaro

Satellite radiances are the largest dataset assimilated into Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models, however the data are subject to errors and uncertainties that need to be accounted for before assimilating into the NWP models.Variational bias correction uses the time series of observation minus background to estimate the observations bias. This technique does not distinguish between the background error, forward operator error, and observations error so that all these errors are summed up together and counted as observation error. We identify some sources of observations errors (e.g., antenna emissivity, non-linearity in the calibration, and antenna pattern) and show the limitations of variational bias corrections on estimating these errors.
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