Data assimilation helps us make the most of our observations and our models by combining the information each of them carries in optimised ways.
Data assimilation is a key ingredient for environmental model forecasting. It helps us identify how to improve models of the Earth System by identifying mismatches between the data and the model predictions.
At NCEO we are developing cutting-edge techniques in data assimilation to help strengthen scientific capacity in the UK. We want to provide data assimilation systems that can be coupled to any core model to revolutionise the way data assimilation supports the UK geoscience community.
Staff involved in data assimilation work closely with others involved in satellite retrievals and in modelling. This integrated expertise allows NCEO researchers to develop next-generation data assimilation systems that apply to a wide range of data-model problems.
We work closely with researchers at operational centres like the Met Office and the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) to improve on the approximations in their data-assimilation systems for future weather and climate modelling.