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5 January 2005 Assimilation of AMSU-A/B radiances with the NRL Atmospheric Variational Data Assimilation System (NAVDAS)
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The U.S. Navy's new three-dimensional variational analysis system NAVDAS became operational at Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC) on October 1, 2003, paving the way for the direct assimilation of NOAA AMSU-A radiances with the Navy Operational Global Atmospheric Prediction System (NOGAPS). AMSU-A radiance assimilation, which became operational at FNMOC on June 9, 2004, leads to significant improvement in forecast skill, as compared with assimilation of NESDIS ATOVS retrievals. The two- to five-day forecast skill at 500 hPa is increased by 3-10 hours in the Northern Hemisphere, and by 12-20 hrs in the Southern Hemisphere, with similar improvements at 1000 hPa. Forecasts with AMSU-A are consistently better, with fewer forecast "busts", fewer synoptic errors and a general strengthening of the circulations in both hemispheres. Overall, NAVDAS analyses and forecasts with AMSU-A exhibit better fit with radiosondes and other observations. Observations from AMSU-B, which are sensitive to the vertical distribution of water vapor in the troposphere, are used to compute 1DVAR humidity retrievals. NAVDAS assimilation of AMSU-B retrievals into NOGAPS dries out the middle and upper troposphere, and strengthens moisture gradients such as the Intertropical Convergence Zone, correcting known model tendencies. Tropical cyclone track and intensity predictions are slightly improved. Transition of AMSU-B retrieval assimilation to operations at FNMOC is targeted for early 2005.
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Nancy L. Baker, Clay B. Blankenship, William F. Campbell, Steven D. Swadley, Timothy F. Hogan, and Edward H. Barker "Assimilation of AMSU-A/B radiances with the NRL Atmospheric Variational Data Assimilation System (NAVDAS)", Proc. SPIE 5658, Applications with Weather Satellites II, (5 January 2005);

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