Improved analyses and forecasts with AIRS temperature retrievals using the local ensemble transform Kalman filter

Hong Li, Jun Jie Liu, Elana Fertig, Eugenia Kalnay, Eric Kostelich, Istvan Szunyogh

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Abstract

In this paper we investigate the impact of the Atmospheric Infra-Red Sounder (AIRS) temperature retrievals on data assimilation and the resulting forecasts using the four-dimensional Local Ensemble Transform Kalman Filter (LETKF) data assimilation scheme and a reduced resolution version of the NCEP Global Forecast System (GFS). Our results indicate that the AIRS temperature retrievals have a significant and consistent positive impact in the Southern Hemispheric extratropics on both analyses and forecasts, which is found not only in the temperature field but also in other variables. In tropics and the Northern Hemispheric extratropics these impacts are smaller, but are still generally positive or neutral.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-49
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Tropical Meteorology
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011

Keywords

  • AIRS retrievals
  • Data assimilation
  • LETKF
  • Observation impact

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science

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