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Atmosphere 2016, 7(7), 94; doi:10.3390/atmos7070094

Evaluation of Temperature and Humidity Profiles of Unified Model and ECMWF Analyses Using GRUAN Radiosonde Observations

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School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Korea
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Numiercal Modeling Bureau, National Insititute of Meteorological Sciences, Seoul 07062, Korea
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Satellite Application, Met Office, Exeter EX1 3PB, UK
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Academic Editor: Robert W. Talbot
Received: 30 March 2016 / Revised: 12 July 2016 / Accepted: 14 July 2016 / Published: 18 July 2016
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Abstract

Temperature and water vapor profiles from the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) and the United Kingdom Met Office (UKMO) Unified Model (UM) data assimilation systems and from reanalysis fields from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) were assessed using collocated radiosonde observations from the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Reference Upper-Air Network (GRUAN) for January–December 2012. The motivation was to examine the overall performance of data assimilation outputs. The difference statistics of the collocated model outputs versus the radiosonde observations indicated a good agreement for the temperature, amongst datasets, while less agreement was found for the relative humidity. A comparison of the UM outputs from the UKMO and KMA revealed that they are similar to each other. The introduction of the new version of UM into the KMA in May 2012 resulted in an improved analysis performance, particularly for the moisture field. On the other hand, ECMWF reanalysis data showed slightly reduced performance for relative humidity compared with the UM, with a significant humid bias in the upper troposphere. ECMWF reanalysis temperature fields showed nearly the same performance as the two UM analyses. The root mean square differences (RMSDs) of the relative humidity for the three models were larger for more humid conditions, suggesting that humidity forecasts are less reliable under these conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: temperature; relative humidity; radiosonde; data assimilation; Unified Model temperature; relative humidity; radiosonde; data assimilation; Unified Model
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Noh, Y.-C.; Sohn, B.-J.; Kim, Y.; Joo, S.; Bell, W. Evaluation of Temperature and Humidity Profiles of Unified Model and ECMWF Analyses Using GRUAN Radiosonde Observations. Atmosphere 2016, 7, 94.

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