Dr. Philipp Griewank – “Estimating the forecast benefit of observations through ensembles”
CESOC & KPA (UoC) kindly invites you to a joint Colloquium given by Dr. Philipp Griewank from the University of Vienna (former University of Cologne researcher).
Date: 19 September 2023,
Time: 16:00 CEST
Location: Lecture Hall 4.001, Pohligstr. 3, 50969 Cologne
It will also be streamed via zoom:
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Estimating the forecast benefit of observations through ensembles
The skill of a numerical weather forecast is tightly linked to the observing network used to estimate the forecast’s initial conditions. To optimize this observing network, forecast centers are continuously trying to estimate both the benefit of current observations as well as the potential benefit of adding new observations to the network. For ensemble forecast systems, both can be estimated computationally efficiently by assuming a linear relationship between ensemble deviations of the initial state and a forecast quantity of choice. An important aspect of these methods that has yet to receive much attention is that they need to be provided with estimates of signal propagation, i.e., how the impacts of observations spread through the atmosphere over time. In this talk, I will illustrate these methods, their potential, and the importance of signal propagation using a simplified 1D toymodel, and show results obtained from a 1000-member forecast ensemble.