Operational Data Checking

An automatic data checking system has been implemented at ECMWF to trigger warnings in case of anomalies affecting the quality or the availability of the data assimilated by the model. Selected statistical parameters (number of observations, bias correction, and mean bias-corrected background, analysis departures and probability of gross error) are checked against an expected range. An appropriate alert message (including a time series plot) is generated if statistics are outside the specified ranges. A severity level (slight, considerable, severe) is assigned to each message depending on how far statistics are from the expected values. Two kinds of ranges are used by the automatic checking: Soft and Hard limits. Soft limits are updated automatically using statistics from the last twenty days (extremes are excluded during this process). Hard limits are adjusted manually when required.

Currently, the automatic checking is limited to data passing through the minimisation process (including VarBC passive data). It's being applied twice a day to the delayed cut-off 4D-VAR cycles (00 and 12) and four times a day to the early delivery assimilation system (00,06,12 and 18).

The alarm system results are based on feedback information from the ECMWF data assimilation and consequently reflect the ECMWF data usage. Although most warnings are related to data problems, they may on occasion also be related to model issues. Alerts are provided for information on an as-is basis and may be withdrawn or changed without notice. ECMWF accepts no responsibility for actions taken on the basis of these results.

Early delivery 4D-VAR at 2021-01-11 12:00

amsua
NOAA-18 AMSUA RADIANCES CHANNEL 9 : out of range
35 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.5102, expected range: -0.6953 -0.6717
All AQUA AMSUA ALL CHANNELS Global : all data missing
Severely_persistent: obs_number=0, expected range: 3248.81 6038.90
iasi
METOP-A IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 185 : out of range
29 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.3482, expected range: -0.3151 -0.2880
METOP-A IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 187 : out of range
17 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.3939, expected range: -0.3566 -0.3152
METOP-A IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 201 : out of range
32 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0.0440, expected range: 0.0746 0.0900
METOP-A IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 207 : out of range
31 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.3055, expected range: -0.2803 -0.2516
METOP-A IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 214 : out of range
33 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.1569, expected range: -0.1293 -0.1157
METOP-A IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 222 : out of range
35 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0.0329, expected range: 0.0557 0.0633
METOP-B IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 185 : out of range
23 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.2798, expected range: -0.2465 -0.2128
METOP-B IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 187 : out of range
19 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.3297, expected range: -0.2856 -0.2355
METOP-B IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 193 : out of range
18 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.5916, expected range: -0.5453 -0.4904
METOP-B IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 201 : out of range
26 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0.1262, expected range: 0.1486 0.1687
METOP-B IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 207 : out of range
32 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.2503, expected range: -0.2181 -0.1890
METOP-B IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 214 : out of range
33 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.1336, expected range: -0.1008 -0.0758
METOP-B IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 222 : out of range
34 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0.0783, expected range: 0.0990 0.1091
METOP-B IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 1513 : out of range
39 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0.1167, expected range: 0.0504 0.0574
METOP-B IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 1658 : out of range
37 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0.4002, expected range: 0.2535 0.3059
METOP-C IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 1509 : out of range
34 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0.0005, expected range: -0.1141 -0.0611
METOP-C IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 1513 : out of range
34 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0.1600, expected range: 0.1097 0.1303
METOP-C IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 1639 : out of range
38 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0.0865, expected range: -0.0194 0.0022
METOP-C IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 1658 : out of range
26 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0.3965, expected range: 0.2700 0.3329
METOP-C IASI RADIANCES (16 channels affected) : out of range
2 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severe: avg_biascorr=0.1208, expected range: 0.1472 0.1741
airs
All AQUA AIRS ALL CHANNELS Global : all data missing
Severely_persistent: obs_number=0, expected range: 1283.39 11953.30
gpsro
All COSMIC-6 GPSRO SETTING ALL HEIGHTS Global : all data missing
Severely_persistent: obs_number=0, expected range: 0.00 1204.48
All COSMIC2-E6 GPSRO RISING ALL HEIGHTS Global : all data missing
Severely_persistent: obs_number=0, expected range: 319.45 1615.94
amdar
ADS-C WIND VECTOR DIFF (M/S) PRESSURE LAYER 300-600 (HPA) : out of range
2 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Considerable: obs_number=300.0000, expected range: 0.0000 179.3479