Discrete data assimilation in the Lorenz and 2D Navier–Stokes equations Academic Article uri icon


  • Consider a continuous dynamical system for which partial information about its current state is observed at a sequence of discrete times. Discrete data assimilation inserts these observational measurements of the reference dynamical system into an approximate solution by means of an impulsive forcing. In this way the approximating solution is coupled to the reference solution at a discrete sequence of points in time. This paper studies discrete data assimilation for the Lorenz equations and the incompressible two-dimensional Navier-Stokes equations. In both cases we obtain bounds on the time interval h between subsequent observations which guarantee the convergence of the approximating solution obtained by discrete data assimilation to the reference solution. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Hayden, K., Olson, E., & Titi, E. S.

citation count

  • 42

publication date

  • September 2011