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 Alerts are provided for information on an as-is basis and may be withdrawn or changed without notice.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.

Ensemble Data Assimilation at 2021-04-09 12:00

amsua
METOP-B AMSUA RADIANCES CHANNEL 5 : out of range
Considerable: avg_biascorr=0.4347, expected range: 0.4602 0.5105
METOP-B AMSUA RADIANCES (10 channels affected) : out of range
Considerable: obs_number=2004.0000, expected range: 2883.0484 5142.9516
iasi
METOP-C IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 292 : out of range
1 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Considerable: avg_fgdepar=-0.0732, expected range: -0.0534 -0.0216
cris
NPP CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 86 : out of range
14 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.0708, expected range: -0.0627 -0.0578
NPP CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 91 : out of range
15 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0.0431, expected range: 0.0534 0.0631
NPP CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 92 : out of range
14 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0.1009, expected range: 0.1105 0.1197
NPP CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 143 : out of range
19 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.0876, expected range: -0.0795 -0.0788
NOAA20 CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 85 : out of range
19 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0.0089, expected range: 0.0199 0.0225
NOAA20 CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 134 : out of range
14 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.1429, expected range: -0.1316 -0.1241
NOAA20 CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 143 : out of range
16 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.0972, expected range: -0.0888 -0.0848
NOAA20 CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 87 : out of range
19 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0.0721, expected range: 0.0871 0.0881
mwhs2
FY-3D MWHS2 ALLSKY RADIANCES CHANNEL 7 : out of range
Severe: avg_norm_fgdepar=-0.1479, expected range: -0.0322 0.0591
Severe: stdev_norm_fgdepar=0.6477, expected range: 0.5229 0.5896
atms
NPP ATMS RADIANCES CHANNEL 9 : out of range
Considerable: avg_fgdepar=0.0401, expected range: -0.0039 0.0238
gpsro
All COSMIC2-E2 GPSRO SETTING ALL HEIGHTS Global : all data missing
Severe: obs_number=0, expected range: 1150.77 3466.29
All COSMIC2-E6 GPSRO RISING ALL HEIGHTS Global : all data missing
Severe: obs_number=0, expected range: 1149.54 2723.41
amdar
ADS-C WIND VECTOR DIFF (M/S) PRESSURE LAYER 300-600 (HPA) : missing
4 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severe: obs_number=0.0000, expected range: 0.0000 269.7652