2002 Annual

Monday, 14 January 2002: 1:59 PM
Recent Developments in DAO's Finite-volume Data Assimilation System
Arlindo M. da Silva, NASA//GSFC/DAO, Greenbelt, MD; and S. J. Lin, D. Dee, J. Joiner, D. Frank, and P. Norris
The Physical-space/Finite-volume Data Assimilation System (fvDAS) is the next generation global atmospheric data assimilation system in development at the Data Assimilation Office at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. It is based on a new finite-volume general circulation model jointly developed by NASA and NCAR, and on the Physical-Space Statistical Analysis System (PSAS) developed at the DAO. The data assimilation method implemented in fvDAS incorporates a simplified version of the model bias estimation and correction algorithm, as described by Dee and da Silva (1998).

In this talk we will briefly describe the general system formulation, and focus on the impact of 3 data types recently introduced, namely: 1) cloud tracks winds from the Multi-angle Imaging Spectrometer (MISR), 2) stratiform clouds from the real-time nephanalysis produced by the US Air Force, and 3) temperature and moisture information derived from GPS refractivity occultation measurements. The impact of these data types on observation-minus-6hr forecast (O-F) statistics, as well as 5-day forecast skills will be discussed. In addition we will assess the impact of cloud assimilation on top of the atmosphere radiation fields estimated from CERES measurements,

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