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Implementation of Observation Generation with PDAF

Overview

Twin data assimilation experiments are a common approach to assess data assimilation methods. In twin experiments one uses the model to generate a true model state. Further one generates synthetic observations by adding random perturbations to the true state. The, in the actual twin experiment one starts the data assimilation with a state estimate that is different from the true state and assimilates the synthetic observations. One can analyze the assimilation result by comparing the state estimate from the twin experiment with the previously generated true state.

Starting with version 1.14, PDAF provides functionality to generate synthetic observations. The functionality bases on the normal implementation of the assimilation used with PDAF. However, one can run the observation generation with an ensemble of just one member, which should be initialized with the initial true state. PDAF provides the routines PDAF_generate_obs and PDAF_put_state_generate_obs to perform the observation generation. These routines use the observation operator routines which the user implements e.g. for assimilating real observations.

Here we describes the steps need to generate synthetic obsrvations.

Initialization

The implementation of the initialization of PDAF is explained on the [wikiInitPdaf page on init_pdaf and PDAF_init].

For the observation generation one just has to set filtertype = 11.

There are no particular options for the observation generation functionality. So for filter_param_i one just has to specify the mandatory values of the state dimension and the ensemble size. For filter_param_r one has to specify the mandatory values of the forgetting factor (even though, this value is ignored for the observation generation)

Observation Generation Step

This step replaces the analysis step. The implementation is analogous to implementing the analysis step as described on the page on implementing the analysis step.

PDAF_generate_obs

This routine is used in the same way as the filter specific routines PDAF_assimilate_*. Thus the general aspect have been described on the page Modification of the model code for the ensemble integration and its sub-page on inserting the analysis step. The routine PDAF_generate_obs is used in the fully-parallel implementation variant of the data assimilation system. When the 'flexible' implementation variant is used, the routines PDAF_put_state_generate_obs' is used as described further below. Here, we list once more the full interface. Subsequently, the full set of user-supplied routines specified in the call to PDAF_generate_obs` is explained. Apart from two call-back routines, the routines are idnetical to e.g. those used for the LESTKF and LETKF filters.

  SUBROUTINE PDAF_generate_obs(U_collect_state, U_distribute_state, &
                                  U_init_dim_obs_f, U_obs_op_f, U_get_obs_f, U_init_obserr_f, &
                                  U_prepoststep, U_next_observation, status_pdaf)

with the following arguments:

  • U_collect_state: The name of the user-supplied routine that initializes a state vector from the array holding the ensemble of model states from the model fields. This is basically the inverse operation to U_distribute_state used in PDAF_get_state
  • U_distribute_state: The name of a user supplied routine that initializes the model fields from the array holding the ensemble of model state vectors.
  • U_init_dim_obs_f: The name of the user-supplied routine that provides the size of the full observation vector
  • U_obs_op_f: The name of the user-supplied routine that acts as the full observation operator on some state vector
  • U_get_obs_f: The name of the user-supplied routine that receives the full vector of generated synthetic observations from PDAF
  • U_init_obserr_f: The name of the user-supplied routine that initializes the vector of observations error standard deviations for for full observation vector
  • U_prepoststep: The name of the pre/poststep routine as in PDAF_get_state
  • U_next_observation: The name of a user supplied routine that initializes the variables nsteps, timenow, and doexit. The same routine is also used in PDAF_get_state.
  • status_pdaf: The integer status flag. It is zero, if PDAF_assimilate_lestkf is exited without errors.

PDAF_put_state_generate_obs

When the 'flexible' implementation variant is chosen for the assimilation system, the routine PDAF_put_state_generate_obs has to be used instead of PDAF_generate_obs. The general aspects of the filter specific routines PDAF_put_state_* have been described on the page Modification of the model code for the ensemble integration. The interface of the routine is identical with that of PDAF_generate_obs with the exception the specification of the user-supplied routines U_distribute_state and U_next_observation are missing.

The interface is the following:

  SUBROUTINE PDAF_put_state_generate_obs(U_collect_state, U_init_dim_obs_f, U_obs_op_f, U_get_obs_f, &
                                  U_init_obserr_f, U_prepoststep, status_pdaf)

User-supplied routines

Here, all user-supplied routines are described that are required in the call to PDAF_generate_obs. For some of the generic routines, we link to the page on modifying the model code for the ensemble integration.

To indicate user-supplied routines we use the prefix U_. In the template directory templates/ as well as in the example implementation in testsuite/src/dummymodel_1D these routines exist without the prefix, but with the extension _pdaf.F90. In the section titles below we provide the name of the template file in parentheses.

In the subroutine interfaces some variables appear with the suffix _p (short for 'process'). This suffix indicates that the variable is particular to a model sub-domain, if a domain decomposed model is used. Thus, the value(s) in the variable will be different for different model sub-domains. In addition, there will be variables with the suffix _f (for 'full').

U_collect_state (collect_state_pdaf.F90)

This routine is independent from the filter algorithm used. See the page on inserting the analysis step for the description of this routine.

U_distribute_state (distribute_state_pdaf.F90)

This routine is independent of the filter algorithm used. See the page on inserting the analysis step for the description of this routine.

U_init_dim_obs_f (init_dim_obs_f_pdaf.F90)

This routine has to initialize the size dim_obs_f of the full observation vector according to the current time step. For simplicity, dim_obs_f can be the size for the global model domain. The routine is described in detail on the page on implementing the analysis step for LESKTF.

U_obs_op_f (obs_obs_f_pdaf.F90)

This routine has to perform the operation of the observation operator acting on a state vector, which is provided as state_p. The observed state has to be returned in m_state_f. It is the observed state corresponding to the 'full' observation vector. The routine is described in detail on the page on implementing the analysis step for LESKTF.

U_get_obs_f (get_obs_f_pdaf.F90)

This routine is specific for the observation generation. In this routine PDAF provides the user with the vector of synthetic observations generated by PDAF. One can then e.g. write the observation vector into a file so that one can use it later in a twin experiment (The template file readwrite_obs.F90 provides functionality for reading and writing as described on the page on readwrite_obs.

The interface is the following:

SUBROUTINE get_obs_f_pdaf(step, dim_obs_f, observation_f)

with

  • step : integer, intent(in)
    Current time step
  • dim_obs_f : integer, intent(in)
    Size of the full observation vector
  • observation_f : real, intent(out), dimension(dim_obs_f)
    Full vector of synthetic observations (process-local)

Hints:

  • For the generation of synthetic observations, PDAF does not distinguish between local and global filters. Without parallelization, the full observation vector would be the same for both types of filters. With parallelization the implementation of the observation operator used for generating the observations will define whether different process-domain have the same or distinct observation vectors (i.e. covering the global domain or different process-specific domains).
  • In case of the global filters, one uses the functionality of the observation operator for this filter type. With parallelization, the observation operator will initialize an observation vector specifically for each process-domain.
  • The usual operation performed in this routine is to write the generated synthetic observation into a file. The PDAF package provides the template routine readwrite_obs for this. Depending on the parallelization, discussed above, one either writes a single file (of the full observation vector is the same for all processes. In this case one a single process calls the writing routine) or a different file for each process (in this case, each process call the routine with a different file name; usually indicating the process-rank number).

U_init_obserr_f (init_obserr_f_pdaf.F90)

This routine is specific for the observation generation. The routine is called by PDAF during the observation generation. Its purpose is to fill the provided vector of observation error standard deviations.

The interface is the following:

SUBROUTINE init_obserr_f_pdaf(step, dim_obs_f, obs_f, rms_obs)

with

  • step : integer, intent(in)
    Current time step
  • dim_obs_f : integer, intent(in)
    Size of full observation vector
  • obs_f : real, intent(in), dimension(dim_obs_f)
    Full vector of observations
  • rms_obs : real, intent(out), dimension(dim_obs_f)
    Full vector of observation error standard deviations

Notes:

  • The routines handles the 'full' observation vector as in localizated filters. As described for the observation generation functionality one can also use it for global filters. In this case the 'full' vector would just contain the observations local to a process sub-domain.
  • The observation vector obs_f is provided to the routine for the case that the observation error is relative to the value of the observations.

U_prepoststep (prepoststep_ens_pdaf.F90)

This routine can be identical to that used for the global ESTKF algorithm, which has already been described on the page on modifying the model code for the ensemble integration.

U_next_observation (next_observation_pdaf.F90)

This routine is independent of the filter algorithm used. See the page on inserting the analysis step for the description of this routine.