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 Alerts are provided for information on an as-is basis and may be withdrawn or changed without notice.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 2021-04-14 18:00

iasi
METOP-C IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 236 : out of range
5 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.0148, expected range: -0.0013 0.0122
METOP-B IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 236 : out of range
4 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severe: avg_biascorr=0.0323, expected range: 0.0469 0.0626
cris
NPP CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 85 : out of range
15 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.0714, expected range: -0.0622 -0.0571
NPP CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 87 : out of range
15 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0.0083, expected range: 0.0166 0.0209
NPP CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 110 : out of range
39 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0.0144, expected range: 0.0227 0.0240
NOAA20 CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 83 : out of range
38 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0.0001, expected range: 0.0055 0.0113
NOAA20 CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 143 : out of range
35 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.0808, expected range: -0.0750 -0.0690
NOAA20 CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 84 : out of range
30 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0.0562, expected range: 0.0696 0.0726
NOAA20 CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 123 : out of range
24 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.0346, expected range: -0.0247 -0.0140
NOAA20 CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 124 : out of range
37 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.0543, expected range: -0.0418 -0.0357
NOAA20 CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 125 : out of range
33 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.1028, expected range: -0.0909 -0.0831
NOAA20 CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 138 : out of range
32 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.1182, expected range: -0.1042 -0.0988
NOAA20 CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 110 : out of range
36 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0.0715, expected range: 0.0782 0.0850
airs
AQUA AIRS RADIANCES CHANNEL 20 : out of range
Severe: avg_biascorr=-0.0242, expected range: -0.0085 0.0059
AQUA AIRS RADIANCES CHANNEL 138 : out of range
Severe: avg_biascorr=-0.1657, expected range: -0.1905 -0.1834
AQUA AIRS RADIANCES (16 channels affected) : out of range
Considerable: avg_fgdepar=-0.0539, expected range: -0.0310 0.0094
AQUA AIRS RADIANCES (11 channels affected) : out of range
Slight: avg_fgdepar=0.0139, expected range: -0.0288 0.0046
AQUA AIRS RADIANCES CHANNEL 1466 : out of range
Slight: stdev_fgdepar=1.0402, expected range: 0.7742 0.9694
AQUA AIRS RADIANCES CHANNEL 1918 : out of range
Slight: stdev_fgdepar=0.1774, expected range: 0.1598 0.1663
mwhs2
All FY-3C MWHS2 ALLSKY ALL CHANNELS Global : all data missing
Severe: obs_number=0, expected range: 0.00 30551.87
gpsro
All COSMIC2-E5 GPSRO RISING ALL HEIGHTS Global : all data missing
Severely_persistent: obs_number=0, expected range: 184.65 1586.69