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 Alerts are provided for information on an as-is basis and may be withdrawn or changed without notice.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 2021-10-18 12:00

iasi
METOP-C IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 515 : out of range
2 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severe: avg_fgdepar=0.1280, expected range: 0.0757 0.1045
METOP-B IASI RADIANCES (19 channels affected) : out of range
Considerable: obs_number=2428.0000, expected range: 1986.9686 2337.0314
cris
NOAA20 CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 72 : out of range
Considerable: obs_number=1961.0000, expected range: 2070.3003 2346.8997
NOAA20 CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 74 : out of range
Considerable: obs_number=1944.0000, expected range: 2036.7153 2367.6847
NOAA20 CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 113 : out of range
1 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Considerable: obs_number=2006.0000, expected range: 2173.0790 2286.9210
atms
NPP ATMS RADIANCES CHANNEL 19 : out of range
8 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0.1349, expected range: 0.0910 0.1133
NOAA20 ATMS RADIANCES CHANNEL 19 : out of range
9 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.1151, expected range: -0.1689 -0.1489
gpsro
METOP-A GRAS SETTING HEIGHT 12-14 KM : out of range
1 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Slight: avg_norm_fgdepar=-0.1309, expected range: -0.0932 0.0037