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PDAF - the Parallel Data Assimilation Framework

PDAF is developed,
hosted and maintained at the
Computing Center of the Alfred Wegener Institute.
July 4, 2019
Release of Version 1.15 (release notes)
August 1, 2019
GMD discussion paper: Efficient ensemble data assimilation for coupled models with the Parallel Data Assimilation Framework: Example of AWI-CM. Discussion is open until September 26.
July 4, 2019
Release of Version 1.14 (release notes)
(Adding functionality to generate synthetic observations; adding a particle filter; adding data assimilation for the Lorenz-63 model example; 3 bug fixes)
April 25, 2019
New paper: Particle filters for high-dimensional geoscience applications: a review by PJ van Leeuwen, HR K√ľnsch, L Nerger, R Potthast, S Reich, Q. J. Royal. Meteorol. Soc., 145, 2335-2365 doi:10.1002/qj.3551

The Parallel Data Assimilation Framework - PDAF - is a software environment for ensemble data assimilation. PDAF simplifies the implementation of the data assimilation system with existing numerical models. With this, users can obtain a data assimilation system with less work and can focus on applying data assimilation.

PDAF provides fully implemented and optimized data assimilation algorithms, in particular ensemble-based Kalman filters like LETKF and LESTKF and nonlinear filters. It allows users to easily test different assimilation algorithms and observations. PDAF is optimized for the application with large-scale models that usually run on big parallel computers and is applicable for operational applications. However, it is also well suited for smaller models and even toy models and can be used to teach data assimilation.

PDAF provides a standardized interface that separates the numerical model from the assimilation routines. This allows to perform the further development of the assimilation methods and the model independently. PDAF makes new algorithmic developments readily available through the interface such that they can be immediately applied with existing implementations. The PDAF release package provides small models for easy testing of algorithmic developments and for teaching data assimilation.

PDAF is a community open-source project. Its functionality will be further extended by input from research projects. In addition, users are welcome to contribute to the further enhancement of PDAF, e.g. by contributing additional assimilation methods or interface routines for different numerical models.