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The Canadian Regional Data Assimilation System: Operational and Research Applications

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  • 1 Aerospace Meteorology Division, Service de l'environnement atmosphérique, Dorval, Quebec, Canada
  • | 2 Recherche en prévision numérique, Service de l'environnement atmosphérique, Dorval, Quebec, Canada
  • | 3 Canadian Meteorological Centre, Service de l'environnement atmosphérique, Dorval, Quebec, Canada
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Abstract

The Canadian regional data assimilation system is described. It is a spinup cycle designed to provide the regional finite-element forecast model with more detailed analyses in a dynamically consistent manner. Its operational performance is evaluated using performance statistics, and a case study is presented to highlight some of the benefits. These include analyses that better fit the data and more detailed and accurate forecasts, particularly for precipitation.

The system also benefits research applications. To illustrate this the authors describe the preparation of the first set of analysts for the international COMPARE (Comparison of Mesoscale Prediction and Research Experiments) Project. The scientific interest of this explosive marine cyclogenetic case is discussed, together with a useful methodology for determining the minimum domain size required by a regional model to avoid forecast contamination from lateral boundaries.

Abstract

The Canadian regional data assimilation system is described. It is a spinup cycle designed to provide the regional finite-element forecast model with more detailed analyses in a dynamically consistent manner. Its operational performance is evaluated using performance statistics, and a case study is presented to highlight some of the benefits. These include analyses that better fit the data and more detailed and accurate forecasts, particularly for precipitation.

The system also benefits research applications. To illustrate this the authors describe the preparation of the first set of analysts for the international COMPARE (Comparison of Mesoscale Prediction and Research Experiments) Project. The scientific interest of this explosive marine cyclogenetic case is discussed, together with a useful methodology for determining the minimum domain size required by a regional model to avoid forecast contamination from lateral boundaries.

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