Data Assimilation Seminar Series

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Date & Time October. 25 2018 (2018-9 (50th)), 15:30-16:30
Place & Contact Room - C107
RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS)
7-1-26 Minatojima-minami-machi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, 650-0047, Japan
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Dr. Jing-Shan Hong (CWB)


Re-Center algorithm on the Continuous Cycling Radar Data Assimilation: Multi-scale Blending Scheme


The torrential rains result from the short duration extreme rainfall system is of most critical for the disaster prevention. However, the limited predictability is the essence of the short duration extreme rainfall system due to the multi-scale interaction, fast evolution and strong nonlinearity. The assimilation of the radar observation with rapid, continuous update cycle is a key to level up the predictability of such a system.

The continuous rapid update cycle is able to capture and keep convective-scale structure and avoid the model spin-up problems. However, many challenges were faced in the continuous update cycle data assimilation. For example, the limited-area model systems in general suffer a deficiency to effectively represent the large-scale features and are unavoidable to experience the obvious large-scale forecast errors. In particular, the domain size is restricted due to the compromise of increasing model resolution and limited computer resources. Furthermore, the model errors are ease to accumulate over the sparse observation area, especially as the data assimilation system configured as a continuous cycle mode.

In this study, a multi-scale blending scheme using a low-pass spatial filter (Hsiao et al. 2015) was applied to a continuous cyclic radar data assimilation system. The blending scheme combines the global model analysis and the convective scale model forecast. It is expected the blended field takes the advantage from the global large scale environment and the convective scale perturbations. The scheme was applied to the hourly updated 3DVAR based radar data assimilation system. In addition, it also applied to re-center the ensemble mean of the cyclic LETKF radar data assimilation system. Case studies show that the blending scheme is able to correct the bias of the large scale monsoon flow from the global model and keep the convective rainfall structure from the convective scale radar data assimilation system. The results also show that the performance of quantitative precipitation forecasts from both the 3DVAR and LETKF radar data assimilation system improved significantly as applying the blending scheme. The more detailed sensitivity on the blending scheme also discussed in this study.

Keywords: blending scheme, radar data assimilation, continuous cycling


Number Date Speaker Title (crick the title to see abstract & PDF)



Jul 27,


Prof. Pierre Tandeo

(IMT Atlantique)

Data-driven methods in geophysics
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Jul 27,


Dr. Hironori Arai

(U Tokyo)

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2018-04 (45th) Feb 16, 2018 Prof. Pierre Tandeo
(IMT Atlantique)
The analog data assimilation: method, applications and implementation
2018-03 (44th) Feb 9, 2018 Prof. Roland Potthast
(DWD/U of Reading)
Data Assimilation From Minutes to Days
2018-02 (43rd) Jan 29, 2018 Dr. Shinsuke Satoh
Three-dimensional precipitation data measured by phased array weather radar every 30 seconds
2018-01 (42nd) Jan 18, 2018 Prof. David J. Stensrud
(Penn State U)
2017-16 (41st) Dec 11, 2017 Dr. Tsuyoshi Thomas Sekiyama
(Meteorological Research Institute, Japan Meteorological Agency)
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2017-15 (40th) Nov 17, 2017 Prof. Yusuke Uchiyama
(Kobe U)
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2017-14 (39th) Oct 12, 2017 Mr. Krishnamoorthy Chandramouli
(IIT Madras)
Dr. Koji Terasaki
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2017-13 (38th) Sep 26, 2017 Mr. Cheng Da
(U of Maryland)
Dr. Guo-Yuan Lien
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2017-12 (37th) Aug 16, 2017 Ms. Paula Maldonado
(CONICET-U of Buenos Aires)
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2017-11 (36th) Aug 16, 2017 Mr. Sam Hatfield
(Oxford U)
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2017-10 (35th) Aug 4, 2017 Dr. Chih-Chien Tsai
(TTFRI, Taiwan)
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2017-09 (34th) Jun 26, 2017 Dr. Toshio Iguchi
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2017-08 (33rd) May 18, 2017 Dr. Guo-Yuan Lien
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2017-07 (32nd) Mar 7, 2017 Dr. Alison Fowler
(U of Reading)
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2017-06 (31st) Mar 7, 2017 Dr. Joanne A. Waller
(U of Reading)
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2017-05 (30th) Mar 7, 2017 Prof. Nancy K. Nichols
(U of Reading)
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2017-04 (29th) Mar 6, 2017 Prof. Steven J. Greybush
(Penn State U)
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2017-03 (28th) Mar 6, 2017 Prof. Eugenia Kalnay
(U of Maryland)
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2017-02 (27th) Feb 7, 2017 Prof. Hiromichi Nagao
(U of Tokyo)
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(Penn State U)
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(Kavli IPMU, U of Tokyo)
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2016-08 (24th) Dec 21, 2016 Dr. Takumi Honda
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2016-07 (23rd) Nov 24, 2016 Mr. Yasumitsu Maejima
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2016-06 (22nd) June 13, 2016 Mr. Yasutaka Ikuta
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2016-05 (21st) Apr 14, 2016 Dr. Yohei Sawada
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2016-04 (20th) Mar 16, 2016 Dr. Juan Ruiz
(U Buenos Aires (CIMA)/RIKEN AICS)
Implementation and evaluation of a regional data assimilation system based on WRF-LETKF
2016-03 (19th) Mar 7, 2016 Prof. Roland Potthast
(DWD/U of Reading)
On Ensemble and Particle Filters for Large-Scale Data Assimilation
2016-02 (18th) Mar 2, 2016 Ms. Chang Yaping
Dr. Shunji Kotsuki
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2016-01 (17th) Feb 17, 2016 Mr. Sho Yokota
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2015-10 (16th) Dec 25, 2015 Dr. Shunji Kotsuki
Ensemble Data Assimilation of GSMaP precipitation into the nonhydrostatic global atmospheric model NICAM
2015-09 (15th) Dec 15, 2015 Dr. Kozo Okamoto
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2015-08 (14th) Oct 21, 2015 Prof. Kosuke Ito
(U of the Ryukyus)
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2015-07 (13th) Sep 16, 2015 Mr. Shumpei Terauchi
(U of Tsukuba)
Dr. Guo-Yuan Lien
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2015-06 (12th) Sep 2, 2015 Dr. Daisuke Hotta
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2015-05 (11th) Jun 25, 2015 Dr. Koji Terasaki
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2015-04 (10th) Jun 5, 2015 Prof. S. Lakshmivarahan
(U of Oklahoma)
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2015-03 (9th) Apr 17, 2015 Prof. Takeshi Enomoto
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2015-02 (8th) Mar 24, 2015 Dr. Shigenori Otsuka
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2015-01 (7th) Jan 20, 2015 Dr. Nobumasa Komori
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2014-06 (6th) Dec 26, 2014 Dr. Keiichi Kondo
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2014-05 (5th) Nov 26, 2014 Prof. Shin-ichiro Shima
(U of Hyogo/RIKEN AICS)
Data assimilation experiments of the dynamic global vegetation model SEIB-DGVM with simulated GPP observations
2014-04 (4th) Nov 26, 2014 Prof. Takeshi Ise
(Kyoto U)
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2014-03 (3rd) Oct 31, 2014 Prof. Masayuki Yokozawa
(Shizuoka U)
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2014-02 (2nd) Sep 10, 2014 Dr. Guo-Yuan Lien
Ensemble Assimilation of Global Large-scale Precipitation
2014-01 (1st) July 23, 2014 Dr. Juan Ruiz
(U of Buenos Aires (CIMA)/RIKEN AICS)
Efficient parameter estimation for numerical weather prediction models using data assimilation

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