Reference : Assimilation of high-frequency radar currents in the Ligurian Sea
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http://hdl.handle.net/2268/91798
Assimilation of high-frequency radar currents in the Ligurian Sea
English
Barth, Alexander mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > GeoHydrodynamics and Environment Research (GHER) >]
Chiggiato, Jacopo [Nato Underwater Research Center, La Spezia, Italy > > > >]
Alvera Azcarate, Aïda mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > GeoHydrodynamics and Environment Research (GHER) >]
Mourre, Baptiste [Nato Underwater Research Center, La Spezia, Italy > > > >]
Beckers, Jean-Marie mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > GeoHydrodynamics and Environment Research (GHER) >]
Horstmann, Jochen [Nato Underwater Research Center, La Spezia, Italy > > > >]
Rixen, Michel [Nato Underwater Research Center, La Spezia, Italy > > > >]
Apr-2011
No
No
International
EGU General Assembly 2011
[en] data assimilation ; ocean modelling ; Ligurian Sea
[en] The circulation in the Ligurian Sea is dominated by strong currents, namely the Western Corsican Current and the
East Corsican Current, which jointly form the Northern Current. A high mesoscale activity, including meanders
and eddy formation, is associated to those energetic currents. The non-linear instability processes and apparently
chaotic behavior of this current system make this region a challenging testbed for data assimilation.
High-frequency radar surface currents have been measured by the NATO Undersea Research Centre (NURC), La
Spezia, Italy from two sites at the Italian Coast (Isola Palmaria and San Rossore). Each of those sites measures
the radial currents relative to the position of the radar system. This WERA system captures well the general
circulation and mesoscale flow features.
The present study shows an application of the assimilation of those measurements in a nested model con-
figuration of the Ligurian Sea. It is assumed that the error in the model surface currents comes primarily from
uncertainties in the lateral boundary conditions and surface wind fields. The objective of this study is to reduce
the uncertainty in these forcing fields by data assimilation. An ensemble of 100 perturbed lateral boundary
conditions and surface wind fields is created to take the uncertainty into account. Using an ensemble-smoother
technique described in Barth et al, 2010 (Ocean Science) and Barth et al, 2010 (Ocean Dynamics, in press),
improved estimates of the wind forcing and boundary conditions are obtained. By rerunning the model with the
updated forcing fields, it is verified that the analyzed model solution is closer to the observed HF radar currents.
This technique is similar to 4D-Var, but since it is based on the ensemble covariance between forcing fields and
observations, it does not require the formulation of an adjoint.
Centre Interfacultaire de Recherches en Océanologie - MARE ; GeoHydrodynamics and Environment Research - GHER
Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (Communauté française de Belgique) - F.R.S.-FNRS
Researchers
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/91798
http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2011/EGU2011-5481.pdf

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