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Assimilation of chlorophyll data into a stochastic ensemble simulation for the North Atlantic ocean

Yeray Santana-Falcón1, Pierre Brasseur1, Jean Michel Brankart, and Florent Garnier2
Yeray Santana-Falcón et al.
  • 1Université Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, IRD, Grenoble INP, IGE, (Grenoble), France (
  • 2LEGOS, University of Toulouse, CNRS, IRD, CNES, UPS, (Toulouse), France

Satellite-derived surface chlorophyll data are daily assimilated into a three-dimensional 24 member ensemble configuration of an online-coupled NEMO-PISCES model for the North Atlantic ocean. A one-year multivariate assimilation experiment is performed to evaluate the impacts on analyses and forecast ensembles. Our results demonstrate that the integration of data improves surface analysis and forecast chlorophyll representation in a major part of the model domain, where the assimilated simulation outperforms the probabilistic skills of a non-assimilated analogous simulation. However, improvements are dependent on the reliability of the prior free ensemble. A regional diagnosis shows that surface chlorophyll is overestimated in the northern limit of the subtropical North Atlantic, where the prior ensemble spread does not cover the observation's variability. There, the system cannot deal with corrections that alter the equilibrium between the observed and unobserved state variables producing instabilities that propagate into the forecast. To alleviate these inconsistencies, a one-month sensitivity experiment in which the assimilation process is only applied to model fluctuations is performed. Results suggest the use of this methodology may decrease the effect of corrections on the correlations between state vectors. Overall, the experiments presented here evidence the need of refining the description of model's uncertainties according to the biogeochemical characteristics of each oceanic region.

How to cite: Santana-Falcón, Y., Brasseur, P., Brankart, J. M., and Garnier, F.: Assimilation of chlorophyll data into a stochastic ensemble simulation for the North Atlantic ocean, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-18332,, 2020


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