Model Evaluation Tool

Report No. ARL-TR-3373
Authors: Stephen F. Kirby
Date/Pages: November 2004; 32 pages
Abstract: A Web-based Model Evaluation Tool (MET) has been developed that allows a user to 1) gather initialization data, and 2) run and statistically analyze output from these mesoscale models: Mesoscale Model Version 5 (MM5) and the Weather Research and Forecasting model. The models may be run as single entities or as an ensemble. An example of an ensemble would be a multi-analysis ensemble: running MM5 using the Aviation, Eta, Medium-Range Forecasting, and Naval Operational Global Atmospheric Prediction System models for large-scale initialization. If an ensemble is run, weights may be assigned to each ensemble member parameter based on the Newbold-Granger scheme. In addition, the user is able to assimilate other data types into the model runs, such as raobs and surface data. Also discussed is an initial effort to add a mobile capability for MET, allowing access through a cell phone.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: November 1, 2004