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The ASSET intercomparison project

William Lahoz(1) and ASSET intercomparison team(2)

(1) DARC, Dept. Meteorology, University of Reading, RG6 6BB Reading, United Kingdom
(2) ASSET, Europe, World, United Kingdom


ASSET (Assimilation of Envisat data; is a EU-funded project, whose objectives are: (1) assess the strategies for exploiting research satellite data by the Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) community, and (2) investigate the distribution and variability of atmospheric chemical species by exploiting research satellite data. To address these objectives, ASSET will assimilate Envisat observations and produce quality-controlled analyses of ozone and other species using a variety of assimilation models and techniques. To evaluate these analyses and the different assimilation approaches, ASSET has carried out an analyses intercomparison project for the period 1st July – 30th November 2003: 1) Separate assessments of each model / data product: Assimilation groups will describe the impact of Envisat data on their analyses. Retrieval teams can validate their data. 2) Intercomparison of analysis ozone, to be extended to other species where possible. 3) Report on distribution and variability of photochemical species: This will make use of information from the assimilation of Envisat NOy observations, stratospheric aerosol analyses, tropospheric photochemical analyses, and ozone analyses. 4) Report on linear ozone photochemistry: Based on comparisons in 1) and 2) above, the Cariolle linear chemistry scheme, and variants thereof, will be evaluated against observational data and Chemistry Transport Models (CTMs).

This presentation will provide first results from the intercomparison project. There will also be a discussion of how the results from the intercomparison help address a number of key issues in the assimilation of chemical constituents.


Workshop presentation

Full paper

Keywords: ESA European Space Agency - Agence spatiale europeenne, observation de la terre, earth observation, satellite remote sensing, teledetection, geophysique, altimetrie, radar, chimique atmospherique, geophysics, altimetry, radar, atmospheric chemistry