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Tropical atmospheric research in singapore

Tropical Atmospheric Researchin Singapore

Asst. Prof. Tieh-Yong Koh

许 智扬

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)


19 Mar 2007

  • Acknowledgements:

  • Naval Research Laboratory, USA

  • Meteorological Service Division, National Environment Agency, Singapore

  • Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing, National University of Singapore

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Malay Peninsula


Typhoon Vamei






Satellite picture taken by MODIS-TERRA at 11:33 am on 27 Dec 2001 Singapore Time.

With courtesy from Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing, National University of Singapore (CRISP/NUS)

Severe weather e g typhoon vamei 27 dec 2001
Severe Weathere.g. TyphoonVamei, 27 Dec 2001

  • In Singapore, 28 flights were diverted and 22 flights were delayed at Changi International Airport.

  • In hardest hit Johor and southern Pahang in Malaysia, the storm took away 5 lives and forced the evacuation of 7000 people.

Atmospheric pollution

26 Oct 2002, 9:38 am

PSI24h=64, low moderate

15 Oct 2002, 9:25 am

PSI24h=92, high moderate

Atmospheric Pollution

~1.4km away

  • Smoke-haze pollution from forest fires

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Channel NewsAsia International

Online report on 15 May 2006

  • Volcanic eruptions

    e.g. Merapi in Aug 2003, May 2005…

Merapi Volcano, Central Java, 24 Aug 2003

Climate change
Climate Change

Global warming from increased CO2 levels, leading to:

  • increase in sea level;

  • redistribution of temperature, humidity & rainfall;

  • changes in storm frequency, duration and intensity.

Larsen B ice shelf and parts of Antarctic Peninsula

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Real-Time Forecast System

A project of Tropical Weather Group, TL@NTU

Team Members

Tieh-Yong KOH

Lan YI

Chee-Kiat TEO

Numerical Weather Prediction

Coamps real time forecast
COAMPS Real Time Forecast

  • Model Description

  • System Features

  • Process Flow

  • Web Display

  • Verification: case study

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To create a automated system capable of timely delivery of reliable 24h-forecasts for the SE Asia region

  • The Tropical Weather group acquired the COAMPS model from Naval Research Laboratory, USA, for research purposes from Feb 2002 and has been running and testing the model ever since. Development work is still on-going.

  • A trial version of the automatedReal Time Forecast System is currently run at TL@NTU since July 2006. This version is being presented to you now.

Model description
Model Description

  • COAMPS stands for Coupled Ocean/Atmosphere Mesoscale Prediction System.

  • It is a mesoscale numerical weather prediction (NWP) model for regional weather forecast.

  • The current version is implemented on a 64-cpuLinux PC cluster.

  • It has customizable vertical and horizontal grid resolutions and is capable of horizontal nesting.

  • It uses up-to-date numerical methods and has a suite of complex physical parameterizations.

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  • 3D non-hydrostatic compressible equations

  • 11 prognostic variables:

    u, v, w, θ, , q, qc, qi, qr, qs , e

  • Terrain-following σz-coordinates

  • Limited-area model with grid-nesting option

  • Mercator projection used for the tropics

  • Initial and boundary conditions from NOGAPS

    (Navy Operational Global Atmospheric Prediction System)

  • Data analysis by Multi-Variate Optimal Interpolation

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  • Physics modules:

    • radiative transfer (Harshvardhan et al., 1987)

    • cumulus convection (Kain & Fritsch, 1993)

    • cloud microphysics (Rutledge & Hobbs, 1983)

    • boundary-layer turbulence (Mellor & Yamada, 1982)

    • surface sub-layer physics (Louis, 1979)

    • simple land surface model (Deardorff, 1978)

    • coupled ocean data assimilation scheme(CODA)

    • time-dependent lateral boundaries(Davies, 1976)

  • Finite-difference method on staggered Arakawa C-grid

  • Split-time integration

System features
System Features

The COAMPS Real Time Forecast System is developed in-house at TL@NTU, based on the model and post-processing source codes provided by NRL.

The following are the features of the system:

  • Automated routine forecasts

    • DATA DOWNLOAD: wget from data server, convert GRIB format to IEEE flat files readable by COAMPS analysis module

    • ASSIMILATION & FORECAST: supply model date time group and previous date time group with consistency

    • GRAPHICAL INTERFACE: post processing forecast outputs and visualize the results using batch GrADS scripts

    • WEB DISPLAY: sftp to web server, and update the time stamp on the webpage

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  • Smart troubleshootingthat detects and solve ad-hoc problems automatically:

    • when wget is interrupted, missing files are identified and wget is attempted until the dataset is complete.

      (*There are 852 NOGAPS files + 7 ADP & OCN files)

    • computer nodes that are down are detected and the model domain decomposition is adjusted for MPI-processing.

    • aborted forecast jobs are detected and post-processing is performed as long as >24 hr forecast has been accomplished.

  • Twice daily data assimilation and forecast at 00Z and 12Z. Forecast products are available by 08Z and 20Z.

    (Future plans: 00Z, 06Z, 12Z and 18Z)

  • 3-level nesting with 9km-resolution in the innermost domain for mesoscale predictions.

    (Future plans: up to 5-level nesting with resolutions at 3km, 1km)

Process flow

20 min – 1 hr

Process Flow

  • Start WGET:

  • NOGAPS forecast

  • APD data

  • OCN data

10 min

  • Preprocessing

  • downloaded data:

  • Format change

  • Directory Change

1 – 2 hr


  • Execute COAMPS

  • Analysis

  • Forecast

  • Post processing


SFTP results to

Web Server

20 min

World-wide Observations


Forecast results

available on the

web by 4am & 4pm SGT

(08 & 20 UTC)


Web display
Web Display

  • The web display was developed in consultation with Meteorological Services Division, National Environment Agency, Singapore to ensure its utility and friendliness to operational forecasters.

  • Putting COAMPS forecast products online

    • ensureseasy accessibility of from anywhere with internet connectivity.

    • facilitates communication with forecasters, model developers and research scientists.

  • Features of the web portal:

    • Quick-look displays of a subset of meteorological variables of interest to forecasters;

    • Animated, frame-by-frame and all-at-once displays of time evolution of a particular variable

    • Latest and next older forecasts are available.

Thunderstorms in singapore and southern malay peninsula 17 th 20 th dec 2006

Verification: case study

Thunderstorms in Singapore and Southern Malay Peninsula 17th-20th Dec 2006

* Start: Morning, Sunday 17 Dec

* Peak: Tuesday 19 Dec

* Movementnorthwards: Wednesday 20 Dec

* Reduction: after 20 Dec

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  • From the article “Singapore Swimming” on TODAYonline

  • Rainfall recorded from 12am to 8pm,19 Dec 2006 was 345mm (cf. climatological average for the whole month of December is only 284mm);

  • Highest 24h-rainfall recorded in Singapore was 512mm in 1978;

  • Second highest was 467mm in 1969.

Mudslide at Little Guilin

Tree uprooted at Hillview

Wall caved-in at Mohd Sultan

Johor-Singapore rail service disrupted

Floods in Thomson & Mandai

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“…what we saw in Johor was not even recorded in the last 100 years.”

-- Director-general Datuk Keizrul Abdullah, Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID), Malaysia

104,000 peopleevacuated!

Forecast of the onset on 17 dec

Radar observations (courtesy of Malaysian Met Dept)

8 am (00 UTC)

17 Dec 2006

Forecasted ONSET: 2-5am 17 Dec


8 pm (12 UTC)

17 Dec 2006

Forecast of the Onset on 17 Dec

COAMPS 48h-forecast initialized

from 8 pm (00 UTC) 15 Dec 2006

Enhancement of rain on 19 dec
Enhancement of Rain on 19 Dec

COAMPS 36h-forecast

valid at 8 pm 19 Dec 2006

Radar Observations at 8 pm 19 Dec 2006

(Courtesy of Malaysian Met Dept)

Northward migration of rain centre on 20 dec a recess of rain in singapore


Northward Migration of Rain Centre on 20 Dec (a recess of rain in Singapore)

COAMPS 12h-forecast

valid at 8 am 20 Dec 2006

Radar Observations at 8 am 20 Dec 2006

(Courtesy of Malaysian Met Dept)

Coamps performance
COAMPS Performance

  • COAMPS captured the beginning of the heavy rain episode. Forecast made on 8 pm Friday 15 Dec predicted the onset of continuous precipitation in Singapore from 2-5am Sunday 17 Dec 2006 (i.e. > 1 day in advance).

  • But the agreement on detailed rainfall distribution varies inconsistently from good to below average… Expected from a 48h-forecast at mesoscales (~10km)?

  • COAMPS captured the enhancement of rainfallin Singapore on Tuesday 19 Dec 2006.

  • COAMPS captured the northward migration of the heavy rain patch from 19 Dec to 20 Dec 2006 but locations differ.

On going work
On-going work

  • 2-month statistical verification over SCSMEX period (May-June 1998)

  • Doppler Radar Data Assimilation

  • Satellite Data Retrieval