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An Overview of Data Assimilation aspects in HyMeX * THORPEX DAOS WG5, Exeter, June 2011 Y. Michel (Météo-France, CNRM-GAME) and coauthors Elaborated from documents available on the HyMeX website. http://www. hymex .org/ Email: hymex @cnrm.meteo. fr.

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An Overview of Data Assimilation aspects in HyMeX*THORPEX DAOS WG5, Exeter, June 2011Y. Michel (Météo-France, CNRM-GAME) and coauthorsElaborated from documents available on the HyMeX website

Email: [email protected]

*Hydrological cycle in the Mediterranean eXperiment

hymex objectives
HyMeX objectives

The HyMeX modelling strategy includes:

  • The improvement of convective-scale deterministic forecast systems to improve the prediction capabilities of Mediterranean high-impact weather events. HyMeX field campaigns should provide an unique high-resolution database to validate these new NWP systems: microphysical properties (polarimetric radars, aircraft measurements), marine boundary layer characteristics and air-sea fluxes measurements (buoys, research vessels), novel high-resolution moisture measurements (GPS delays on board ships, radar refractivity, water vapour from lidar, etc).
  • The design of high-resolution ensemble modelling systems dedicated to the study of the predictability of Mediterranean heavy precipitation and severe cyclogenesis. Quantifying and rating the different sources of uncertainty at various scales that impact the forecast of Mediterranean intense events is one goal of HyMeX through the design of multiscale and nested ensemble forecast systems, possibly based on mesoscale ensemble data assimilation techniques.
  • The coupling of these ensemble forecast systems with hydrological models to issue probabilistic forecast of the impact in terms of hydrological response. Advances in knowledge of the hydrological and hydraulic responses as well as of the soil water content state before and during the precipitation events should help to improve these hydrological models.
  • The set-up, validation and improvements of multi-components regional climate models dedicated to the Mediterranean area: ocean, atmosphere, land surface, hydrology in order to study interannual variability, past trends and future climate change
  • The development of new process modelling, parameterization development, novel data assimilation systems for the different Earth compartments.For example, improvement of air-sea flux parameterizations or development of data assimilation in cloud and precipitation systems are major objectives of HyMeX and part of the observation strategy is designed to serve these objectives.
observation strategy focus on nw med ta
?Observation Strategy (Focus on NW Med TA)


--- Target Area of the first EOP/SOP series

Hydrometeorological sites

Atmospheric sites

Key regions for dense water formation and ocean convection

SOP1 in order to document:

- Heavy precipitation and Flash-flooding

- Ocean state prior the formation of dense water

SOP2 in order to document:

- Dense Water Formation and Ocean convection

- Cyclogenesis and local winds

tto ts7 data going into the gts
SR-2 (OU)


TTO & TS7: Data going into the GTS
  • For real-time data assimilation, additional standard meteorological data measured during HyMex will be transferred via the GTS
  • Need for a careful monitoring prior to the SOP + extensive test of GTS transmission
  • Radiosonde data and AMDAR(TTO1-a)
  • Pressurized drifting balloons(TTO1-b)
  • Wind profilers(TTO1-c)
  • GPS(TTO1-d)
  • Radar(TTO1-f)
  • Research Vessels radiosoundings?
  • (TS6-a)
  • Non-standard meteorological data of research instruments that cannot be assimilated in real-time will be made available to DB and at the HOC.



tto some observations
TTO: Some Observations

Upstream monitoring

  • Instrumented balloons(boundary layer pressurized balloons and

aeroclippers) launched from upstream sites (Balearic islands) to

complement the documentation of low-level inflow. (TTO1b)

  • Twoisland supersites(Corsica and Balearic Islands)

will be used to characterize the far upstream conditions for continental HPE and cyclogenesis

(KIT cube and partially based onwind profiler, lidars networks) (TTO1c,TTO1e, TS4a)

  • Increase the operational RS to 4/day in sensitive areas during SOP (as well as increased

AMDAR to 1 hour frequency), possibly 8/day RS during IOP (TTO1a)

  • Characterization of the Mediterranean inflow (structure, dynamics, thermodynamics) with the SAFIRE ATR42 (dropsondes, Water vapor DiAL LEANDRE 2, aerosol, Turbulent fluxes, …) aircraft (TS5a)

But also… (see HyMeX website)

Air-sea interaction and monitoring of water masses and marine/ocean boundary layers

The microphysical and electrification processes within clouds and precipitation systems

Enhancement of observations on Hydrometeorological observatories/sites, super-sites and pilot-sites

ts7 real time modelling forecast during sop eop
TS7: Real-time modelling forecast during SOP/EOP

Real-time atmospheric models to guide observation deployement (available at the HOC)

MM5-D1 (22.5km)

WRF-MED1 (50km)


MM5-D2 (7.5km)

WRF-MED2 (7km)

AROME_WMED (2.5km)

MM5-D3 (2.5km)

BOLAM (11km)

BOLAM (15km)

MOLOCH (2.7km)


MESO-NH (2.5km)

(BOLD, with assimilation cycle)

arome wmed data assimilation
Evaluation against SYNOP + French surface stations

(March 2011)


AROME-WMED: Data Assimilation
  • Assimilation scheme:
  • 3D-Var, assimilation window 3h (Brousseau et al, 2011)
  • Assimilated observations:
  • Conventional data : surface data, wind profilers, radiosondes
  • Ground-based GPS stations
  • Satellite radiances from geostationnary and polar-orbiting satellites
  • Radar doppler winds and reflectivities (1D+3D-Var of RH profiles)
  • Wind derived from satellite imagery

940 x 640

improvements in satellite assimilation courtesy n fourri
Improvements in satellite assimilation courtesy: N. Fourrié

– Enhanced density of assimilated observations (correlations in R)

– Over land (surface emissivity parametrisation and retrieval of skin temperature)

– Mesoscale observation operator in clear sky (Duffourg et al, 2010) and in cloudy conditions (P. Martinet)

– In cloudy conditions (use of model cloud variables for the brightness temperature simulation)

assimilation of new observations o caumont a doerenbecher
Assimilation of new observations (O. Caumont, A. Doerenbecher…)

Assimilation of new observational data types in AROME

and AROME-WMED related to moisture and hydrometeors.

– Water vapour lidar (Bielli et al, 2011, TTO1e)

– Moisture related data from wind profilers TTO1c

– Radar refractivity and polarimetric parameters from weather radar Dual polarization radar data (O. Caumont)

– Ground based radiometric data (T and q)

Boundary Layer Pressurized Balloons (CNES-BAMED)


(C. Basdevant, A. Doerenbecher, Ph. Arbogast…)

background error modelling y michel t montmerle b m n trier c bishop
Background Error Modelling(Y. Michel, T. Montmerle, B. Ménétrier, C. Bishop…)
  • Multivariate aspects with
  • geographical masks
  • Montmerle and Berre 2010,
  • Michel et. Al 2011: with hydrometeor

Coupled Ocean/Atm. Covariances (NRL)

Cross covariances between errors of humidity (y-axis) and the unbalanced divergence (x-axis)

New correlation models

+ Proposal for a large O(102) ensemble to study covariance filtering

Wavelet Diagonal


Spatial Deformations

the hymex da eps research testbed courtesy v wulfmeyer
The HyMeX DA‐EPS Research Testbed (courtesy V. Wulfmeyer)
  • DEFINITION: Well‐defined research environment of different DA‐EPSs investigated by expert team (see e.g. COPS, D‐PHASE)
  • SCIENTIFIC GOAL: Develop general understanding of and guidance on improving DA‐EPS for advanced process and predictability studies.
  • Coordination includes driving EPS, domains and resolutions, observations and their error covariance matrices, model forward observation operators, etc.
  • • Stepwise approach: Case studies and/or operation periods (>1 month)
  • • Analyses using the same verification data set

V. Wulfmeyer, H.-S. Bauer, T. Schwitalla, K. Warrach-Sag, M. Grzeschiki, Y. Michel, T. Auligné, A. Montani…

But still need for more people involved

HyMeX funding, organization and international links

The World Weather Research Program (WWRP) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

 HyMeX is endorsed by the WWRP Joint Scientific Committee and the WWRP/THORPEX program

  • The World Climate Research Program (WCRP) of WMO

 Preparatory work (selection of sites and preparation of data) for HyMeX being a Regional Hydrological Project of GEWEX/CEOP

 The HyMeX MED-CORDEX regional climate activities are included in WCRP/CORDEX


 Joint workshops (within 3rd HyMeX workshop and Plinius conference)

  • MISTRALS (Mediterranean Integrated Studies at Regional And Local Scales)

 In France, HyMeX is inserted in a program cluster (MISTRALS) about the monitoring and evolution of the habitability in Mediterranean (sponsors: CNRS/INSU, Météo-France, INRA, CNES).

  • French ANR funding

 for data assimilation: IODA-Med project, E. Richard