Data Assimilation into a Primitive-Equation Model with a Parallel Ensemble Kalman Filter

Abstract

Data assimilation experiments are performed using an ensemble Kalman filter (EnKF) implemented for a twolayer spectral shallow water model at triangular truncation T100 representing an abstract planet covered by a strongly stratified fluid. Advantage is taken of the inherent parallelism in the EnKF by running each ensemble member on a different processor of a parallel computer. The Kalman filter update step is parallelized by letting each processor handle the observations from a limited region. The algorithm is applied to the assimilation of synthetic altimetry data in the context of an imperfect model and known representation-error statistics. The effect of finite ensemble size on the residual errors is investigated and the error estimates obtained with the EnKF are compared to the actual errors.

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@inproceedings{Keppenne1971DataAI, title={Data Assimilation into a Primitive-Equation Model with a Parallel Ensemble Kalman Filter}, author={Christian L. Keppenne}, year={1971} }