Articles | Volume 28, issue 1
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 28, 111–119, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-28-111-2021
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 28, 111–119, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-28-111-2021

Research article 09 Feb 2021

Research article | 09 Feb 2021

Training a convolutional neural network to conserve mass in data assimilation

Yvonne Ruckstuhl et al.

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The assimilation of observations using standard algorithms can lead to a violation of physical laws (e.g. mass conservation), which is shown to have a detrimental impact on the system's forecast. We use a neural network (NN) to correct this mass violation, using training data generated from expensive algorithms that can constrain such physical properties. We found that, in an idealized set-up, the NN can match the performance of these expensive algorithms at negligible computational costs.