Journal of Computational Dynamics (JCD)

On the consistency of ensemble transform filter formulations

Pages: 177 - 189, Volume 1, Issue 1, June 2014      doi:10.3934/jcd.2014.1.177

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Sebastian Reich - Universität Potsdam, Institut für Mathematik, Am Neuen Palais 10, D-14469 Potsdam, Germany (email)
Seoleun Shin - Korea Institute of Atmospheric Prediction Systems, 4F Korea Computer Bldg., 35 Boramae-ro 5-gil, Dongjak-gu, Seoul 156-849, South Korea (email)

Abstract: In this paper, we consider the data assimilation problem for perfect differential equation models without model error and for either continuous or intermittent observational data. The focus will be on the popular class of ensemble Kalman filters which rely on a Gaussian approximation in the data assimilation step. We discuss the impact of this approximation on the temporal evolution of the ensemble mean and covariance matrix. We also discuss options for reducing arising inconsistencies, which are found to be more severe for the intermittent data assimilation problem. Inconsistencies can, however, not be completely eliminated due to the classic moment closure problem. It is also found for the Lorenz-63 model that the proposed corrections only improve the filter performance for relatively large ensemble sizes.

Keywords:  Data assimilation, ensemble Kalman filter, particle filter.
Mathematics Subject Classification:  Primary: 93E11, 60G35, 65C05; Secondary: 62M20, 62F15, 65C35.

Received: October 2011;      Revised: July 2012;      Available Online: April 2014.