Articles | Volume 28, issue 1
Research article
09 Feb 2021
Research article |  | 09 Feb 2021

Training a convolutional neural network to conserve mass in data assimilation

Yvonne Ruckstuhl, Tijana Janjić, and Stephan Rasp

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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.