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The 178th R-CCS Cafe -part Ⅱ

The 178th R-CCS Cafe -part Ⅱ
Date and Time: Mon. Aug. 5, 2019, 13:55 - 14:50
Place: Lecture Hall (6th floor) at R-CCS

Title: Recent Progress on Big Data Assimilation in Numerical Weather Prediction
Speaker: Takemasa Miyoshi (Team Leader, Data Assimilation Research Team)

Presentation Language: English
Presentation Material: English

Abstract:Detail

The Big Data Assimilation (BDA) project in numerical weather prediction (NWP) started in October 2013 under the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) CREST program, and ended its 5.5-year period in March 2019. The direct follow-on project was accepted and started in April 2019 under the JST AIP Acceleration Research, with emphases on the connection with AI technologies, in particular, an integration of DA and AI with high-performance computation (HPC). The BDA project aimed to fully take advantage of “big data” from advanced sensors such as the phased array weather radar (PAWR) and Himawari-8 geostationary satellite, which provide two orders of magnitude more data than the previous sensors. We have achieved successful case studies with newly-developed 30-second-update, 100-m-mesh NWP system based on the RIKEN’s SCALE model and local ensemble transform Kalman filter (LETKF) to assimilate PAWR in Osaka and Kobe. We have been actively developing the workflow for real-time weather forecasting. In addition, we developed two precipitation nowcasting systems with the every-30-second PAWR data: one with an optical-flow-based system, the other with a deep-learning-based system. We chose the convolutional Long Short Term Memory (Conv-LSTM) as a deep learning algorithm, and found it effective for precipitation nowcasting. The use of Conv-LSTM would lead to an integration of DA and AI with HPC. This presentation will include an overview of the BDA project toward a DA-AI-HPC integration under the new AIP Acceleration Research scheme, and recent progress of the project.