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 Alerts are provided for information on an as-is basis and may be withdrawn or changed without notice.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 2022-12-02 12:00

amsua
METOP-B AMSUA ALL SKY RADIANCES CHANNEL 14 : out of range
2 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Considerable: stdev_norm_fgdepar=0.6911, expected range: 0.5716 0.6483
AMSUA Pacific RARS
All NOAA-18 AMSUA ALL SKY CHANNELS Global : all data missing
Severely_persistent: obs_number=0, expected range: 641.76 889.24
All NOAA-19 AMSUA ALL SKY CHANNELS Global : all data missing
Severely_persistent: obs_number=0, expected range: 206.72 1544.85
iasi
METOP-B IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 254 : out of range
11 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0.0929, expected range: 0.1062 0.1145
METOP-B IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 366 : out of range
8 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.2274, expected range: -0.2139 -0.1994
METOP-B IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 278 : out of range
11 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0.0198, expected range: 0.1534 0.2759
METOP-B IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 284 : out of range
11 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.0133, expected range: 0.1078 0.1863
METOP-B IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 286 : out of range
11 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.0656, expected range: 0.0494 0.1786
METOP-C IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 1521 : out of range
8 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.1640, expected range: -0.1367 -0.1355
METOP-C IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 212 : out of range
8 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0.0282, expected range: -0.3054 -0.1208
METOP-C IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 278 : out of range
8 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.0208, expected range: 0.1087 0.2327
METOP-C IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 284 : out of range
9 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=-0.0293, expected range: 0.0842 0.1821
cris
NPP CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 113 : out of range
6 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0.1305, expected range: 0.0760 0.0986
NPP CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 115 : out of range
Slight: stdev_fgdepar=0.1122, expected range: 0.0940 0.1116
NOAA20 CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 115 : out of range
Slight: stdev_fgdepar=0.1063, expected range: 0.0892 0.1033
mwhs2
FY-3D MWHS2 ALLSKY RADIANCES CHANNEL 13 : out of range
Considerable: avg_norm_fgdepar=0.2523, expected range: -0.0618 0.1390
atms
NOAA20 ATMS RADIANCES CHANNEL 14 : out of range
Considerable: avg_biascorr=-0.4791, expected range: -0.3975 -0.2507
NOAA20 ATMS RADIANCES CHANNEL 13 : out of range
Considerable: avg_biascorr=-0.6090, expected range: -0.4906 -0.2616
gpsro
All KOMPSAT-5 GPSRO SETTING ALL HEIGHTS Global : all data missing
Severely_persistent: obs_number=0, expected range: 165.78 898.84
Atmospheric Motion Vector
AQUA MODIS CLOUDY WV WIND VECTOR DIFF (M/S) PRESSURE LAYER 300-600 (HP : out of range
2 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severe: stdev_press=60.8727, expected range: 32.1478 43.2742
HIMAWARI-8 AMV VIS1 WIND VECTOR DIFF (M/S) (2 pressure layers affected : out of range
1 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Considerable: obs_number=558.0000, expected range: 167.8810 325.7994
AQUA MODIS CLEAR WV WIND VECTOR DIFF (M/S) PRESSURE LAYER 300-600 (HPA : out of range
Slight: avg_fgdepar=3.9704, expected range: 3.3466 3.7426