D29    Report on MM5 GPSPW 3DVar

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This report is part of work-package 4200, the purpose of which is

* Development of GPS ZTD assimilation software for the 3DVar assimilation system for the mesoscale NWP model MM5.
* Investigate the impact of assimilation of GPS PW into the MM5 at high resolution using different assimilation techniques: nudging and 3DVAR.

Methodology/Work Description: Recent work showed the impact of the assimilation of GPS precipitable water (PW) into high resolution weather forecasts (Faccani et al., in preparation)  for a few cases using the nudging technique. It is desirable to test this technique operationally and compare it with a more accurate assimilation technique such as 3DVAR. Therefore, during the first period the GPS PW will be assimilated through nudging, in the mean time the 3DVAR system will be implemented and the assimilation will be carried out using the 3DVAR only. A comparison with the nudging will be performed for a few selected cases. The GPS ZTD assimilation technique will be developed for fully operational use.

The results of the MM5 GPSPW 3DVar experiments are being reported in a number of articles in refereed scientific journals of which this is
the most recent: Facani, C., R. Ferritti, R. Pacione, T. Paolucci, F. Vespe, and L. Cucurull: Impact of a high density GPS network on the operational forecast. Advances in Geosciences, vol 2, p. 73, 2005.

For further information contact Claudia Faccani at claudia.faccani@aquila.infn.it or Rossella Ferretti at rossella.ferretti@aquila.infn.it.