Growing Importance Of Data Assimilation Spurs New NCAR Program

By on April 8, 2016

Scientists are using data assimilation techniques to input a range of North American observations into experimental forecasts. (Credit: National Center for Atmospheric Research)

Data assimilation, the process of enabling computer models to use observations to predict what’s happening on the ground or in the oceans, is becoming more important for researchers. In one example of the process’ growing importance, officials at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) have created a data assimilation program.

One of the program’s goals is to encourage collaborations among data assimilation experts at NCAR and the larger research community. For example, scientists in several labs are joining forces to apply data assimilation methods to satellite measurements to create a database of global winds and other atmospheric properties. This database will then be used for a broad range of climate and weather studies.

The program also provides funding to hire postdoctoral researchers at NCAR to focus on data assimilation projects as well as for a software engineer to support those activities.

Top image: Scientists are using data assimilation techniques to input a range of North American observations into experimental forecasts. (Credit: National Center for Atmospheric Research)

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