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NPG | Articles | Volume 25, issue 3
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 25, 713–729, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-25-713-2018
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Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 25, 713–729, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-25-713-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 19 Sep 2018

Research article | 19 Sep 2018

Nonlinear effects in 4D-Var

Massimo Bonavita et al.

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This paper deals with the effects of nonlinearity in a state-of-the-art atmospheric global data assimilation system. It is shown that these effects have become increasingly important over the years due to increased model resolution and use of nonlinear observations. The ability to deal with nonlinearities has thus become a crucial asset of data assimilation algorithms. At ECMWF this is done in a perturbative fashion. Advantages and limitations of this technique are discussed.
This paper deals with the effects of nonlinearity in a state-of-the-art atmospheric global data...
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