TITLE

Implications of the Form of the Ensemble Transformation in the Ensemble Square Root Filters

AUTHOR(S)
Sakov, Pavel; Oke, Peter R.
PUB. DATE
March 2008
SOURCE
Monthly Weather Review;Mar2008, Vol. 136 Issue 3, p1042
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper considers implications of different forms of the ensemble transformation in the ensemble square root filters (ESRFs) for the performance of ESRF-based data assimilation systems. It highlights the importance of using mean-preserving solutions for the ensemble transform matrix (ETM). The paper shows that an arbitrary mean-preserving ETM can be represented as a product of the symmetric solution and an orthonormal mean-preserving matrix. The paper also introduces a new flavor of ESRF, referred to as ESRF with mean-preserving random rotations. To investigate the performance of different solutions for the ETM in ESRFs, experiments with two small models are conducted. In these experiments, the performances of two mean-preserving solutions, two non-mean-preserving solutions, and a traditional ensemble Kalman filter with perturbed observations are compared. The experiments show a significantly better performance of the mean-preserving solutions for the ETM in ESRFs compared to non-mean-preserving solutions. They also show that applying the mean-preserving random rotations prevents the buildup of ensemble outliers in ESRF-based data assimilation systems.
ACCESSION #
32401303

 

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