The page document the user-supplied call-back routine obs_op_f_pdaf.

The routine obs_op_f_pdaf (called U_obs_op_f inside the PDAF core routines) is a call-back routine that has to be provided by the user. The routine is used with all filter algorithms using domain-localization (LSEIK, LETKF, LESTKF) and is independent of the particular algorithm. The routine is called during the analysis step, before the loop over the local analysis domain is entered. It purpose is to perform the operation of the observation operator acting on a state vector, which is provided as input argument. The observed state corresponding to the 'full' observation vector has to be returned.

The interface is the following:

SUBROUTINE obs_op_f_pdaf(step, dim_p, dim_obs_f, state_p, m_state_f)


  • step : integer, intent(in)
    Current time step
  • dim_p : integer, intent(in)
    Size of state vector (local part in case of parallel decomposed state)
  • dim_obs_f : integer, intent(in)
    Size of full observation vector
  • state_p : real, intent(in), dimension(dim_p)
    Model state vector
  • m_state_f : real, intent(out), dimension(dim_obs_f)
    Full observed state (i.e. the result after applying the observation operator to state_p)


  • The routine is similar to init_dim_obs used for the global filters. However, with a domain-decomposed model m_state_f will need to contain parts of the state vector from neighboring model sub-domains. Thus, one needs to collect this information which resides in the memory of other processes. PDAF provides the routine PDAF_gather_obs_f for this task. The example implementation in tutorial/classical/online_2D_parallelmodel shows the use of PDAF_gather_obs_f.
  • In case of a parallelized analysis step one has to take care that the order of observation in m_state_f is consistent with the order in the full observation vector obs_f generated by init_obs_f_pdaf.
  • In case of a parallelized analysis step the full vector m_state_f can be obtained by first computing the process-local vector m_state_p from the state vector state_p and then calling the routine PDAF_gather_obs_f (introduced with PDAF V1.13). When PDAF_gather_obs_f is used in both init_dim_obs_f_pdaf and obs_op_f_pdaf it is ensured that the order of the entries in the full observation vector and m_state_f is consistent.
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