Boulder Fluid and Thermal Sciences Seminar Series

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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3:30pm-4:30pm (refreshments at 3:15pm)
Mechanical Engineering Conference Rooms
Engineering Center
University of Colorado at Boulder

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Developing Scale-Aware Algorithms for the Ensemble Filtering of Geophysical Flows

Michael Ying National Center for Atmospheric Research

Geophysical flows typically contain multiple scales of motion. The larger scales tend to have slower and more linear error growth than the smaller scales. With smaller scales being resolved in numerical models as computational resources increase, their nonlinear behavior poses a challenge to linear ensemble filters. In this seminar, I will discuss several issues that occur when applying an ensemble filter to a multiscale dynamical system and explores potential remedies. The sensitivity of the best Gaspari-Cohn (GC) localization radius to changes in model resolution, ensemble size and observing networks is systematically evaluated with assimilation experiments using a two-layer quasi-geostrophic (QG) model. Results demonstrate the scale dependency of the best localization radius for the QG flow. The best localization radius is sensitive to the underlying physical correlation length scale but is much less sensitive to model resolution as long as the key physical process is well represented by a truncated model. The GC localization is problematic when dealing with nonlocal cross-variable correlations, which motivates the use of localization functions that respect the dynamic relations between variables. The impact of varying observing network density on the best choice of localization is also discussed.


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Support from Herbert and Karen Vogel is gratefully acknowledged through a Vogel Faculty Fellowship at the University of Colorado, Boulder.



The seminar is held at the Discovery Learning Center (DLC) at the University of Colorado. Parking is free with a permit, which is provided at the seminar. The location for parking is shown in the map below.

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