IAM – PIMS Distinguished Colloquium: Chris Budd

  • Date: 03/06/2015
  • Time: 16:00
Chris Budd, University of Bath

University of British Columbia


Data Assimilation and Adaptivity


Data assimilation is the process of systematically including (often noisy) data into a forecast. It is now widely used in numerical weather prediction and its positive impact on the accuracy of weather forecasts is unquestionable. Indeed improvements in our ability to forecast the weather over the last decade are a reflection on the increasing volume of data available, improved computational methods and (significantly) much improved algorithms for incorporating this data into the forecast. However, many problems remain, including dealing with the sheer volume of the data and the inherent complexity of the weather and climate, understanding the effects of data and model error, and of reducing spurious correlations between the data and the forecast. In this talk I will give a survey of various techniques that are used operationally to implement data assimilation procedures in weather (and climate) forecasting including the Ensemble Kalman Filter, and the 4D-Var method. I will discuss their various advantages and disadvantages, the nature of the errors and ways to minimise these. In particular I will show that the use of adaptive numerical methods can significantly improve the performance of the 4D-Var method. Hopefully I will show that used carefully Data Assimilation techniques can significantly improve our ability to forecast the weather of Planet Earth. Joint work with Mike Cullen and Chiara Piccolo at the Met Office.

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 Location: Canfor Policy Rm 1600, SFU Harbour Centre, Downtown Vancouver