Local ensemble Kalman filtering in the presence of model bias Academic Article uri icon


  • We modify the local ensemble Kalman filter (LEKF) to incorporate the effect of forecast model bias. The method is based on augmentation of the atmospheric state by estimates of the model bias, and we consider different ways of modeling (i.e. parameterizing) the model bias.We evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed augmented state ensemble Kalman filter through numerical experiments incorporating various model biases into the model of Lorenz and Emanuel. Our results highlight the critical role played by the selection of a good parameterization model for representing the form of the possible bias in the forecast model. In particular, we find that forecasts can be greatly improved provided that a good model parameterizing the model bias is used to augment the state in the Kalman filter. Copyright Blackwell Munksgaard, 2006.

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altmetric score

  • 4

author list (cited authors)

  • Baek, S. J., Hunt, B. R., Kalnay, E., Ott, E., & Szunyogh, I.

citation count

  • 72

complete list of authors

  • Baek, SJ||Hunt, BR||Kalnay, E||Ott, E||Szunyogh, I

publication date

  • May 2006