Seminar: Introducing NEDAS: a Light-weight and Scalable Python Solution for Ensemble Data Assimilation

Apr. 30, 2024

1:00 – 2:00 pm MDT

Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room and Virtual

Speaker: Yue (Michael) Ying, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC)



The Next-generation Ensemble Data Assimilation System (NEDAS) provides a light-weight Python solution for implementing ensemble data assimilation methods for geophysical models. Thanks to its modular and scalable design, a wide range of ensemble assimilation algorithms become feasible for large-dimensional models. NEDAS provides a collection of state-of-the-art algorithms from existing research software using two main strategies: (1) serial assimilation where observations are used one at a time to update the model state iteratively, (2) batch assimilation where observations are in a local analysis for each model state. One can test new algorithmic ideas in NEDAS and compare them with existing methods early-on before committing resources to full implementation in a real operational setting. In this talk, I’ll describe the architectural design of NEDAS, highlight some new algorithmic ideas, and show some computational benchmarks as a guidance for picking the right algorithm in different application scenarios.


Yue Ying, aka Michael, is currently working as a DA researcher at the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center in Norway. He had his PhD in meteorology in PennState studying the predictability of multiscale tropical weather systems, then invented a multiscale alignment” approach to tackle the nonlinearity in DA problems. Now, he continues to develop new DA methods and apply them to the modeling of the Arctic systems.


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