This volume explores and evaluates the development, multiple applications, and usefulness of four-dimensional (space and time) model assimilations of data in the atmospheric and oceanographic sciences and projects their applicability to the earth sciences as a whole.
Using the predictive power of geophysical laws incorporated in the general circulation model to produce a background field for comparison with incoming raw observations, the model assimilation process synthesizes diverse, temporarily inconsistent, and spatially incomplete observations from worldwide land, sea, and space data acquisition systems into a coherent representation of an evolving earth system.
The book concludes that this subdiscipline is fundamental to the geophysical sciences and presents a basic strategy to extend the application of this subdiscipline to the earth sciences as a whole.
National Research Council. 1991. Four-Dimensional Model Assimilation of Data: A Strategy for the Earth System Sciences. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/1830.
|2 Data Assimilation Development||16-20|
|3 Current and Future Applications of Model Assimilation Systems||21-35|
|4 Needs for Future Model-Assimilated Data Sets||36-47|
|5 Quality Control and Validation of Observations, Analyses, and Models||48-54|
|6 Status of Data Archives, Access, and Future Directions||55-60|
|7 Conclusions and Recommendations||61-69|
|List of Acronyms||76-78|
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