Water level prediction skill of an operational marine forecast using a hybrid Kalman filter and time series modeling approach

Jacob .V.T. Sorensen, Henrik Madsen

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Abstract

The operational service the "Water Forecast" gives 5-day forecasts for the North Sea, Baltic Sea and interconnecting waters every 12 hours. Predictions of a range of physical and environmental parameters are provided. In this contribution, focus will be on water level. An ongoing development is focused on data assimilation of tidal gauge data. A cost-effective Kalman filter based procedure that uses a regularized constant Kalman gain is applied for the tidal gauge data. This approach gives an acceptable computational overhead for operational applications. The now- and forecast skill of the scheme is evaluated and compared to standard modeling results. Data assimilation improves the forecast skill, but local time series models of varying complexity often possess a longer forecast horizon at measurement points. For these error correction methods however, the problem is to extrapolate this correction spatially to increase the skill in validation points. A hybrid of the Kalman filter and local time series models is constructed by assimilating water levels predicted by the time series models. Its prediction skill is validated against the previous results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Oceans 2003. Celebrating the Past ... Teaming Toward the Future (IEEE Cat. No.03CH37492)
PublisherIEEE
Publication date2003
Pages790-790
ISBN (Print)0-933957-30-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003
EventOceans 2003. Celebrating the Past ... Teaming Toward the Future - San Diego, United States
Duration: 22 Sept 200326 Sept 2003

Conference

ConferenceOceans 2003. Celebrating the Past ... Teaming Toward the Future
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period22/09/200326/09/2003

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