NOAA ESRL RUC
REGIONAL TRANSPORT ANALYSIS FOR CARBON CYCLE INVERSIONS
NOAA ESRL 2007 – 2008
Working closely with colleagues at NOAA, we have obtained test data sets of hourly meteorological analyses generated by the Rapid Update Cycle (RUC) assimilation system on the 13-km grid over North America. We developed and tested subsetting software to extract only the transport fields from these analyses, and adapted the CSU Lagrangian Particle Dispersion Model (LPDM) to read the 13-km RUC fields. We have now verified that we can calculate adjoint, or backward-in-time, transport influence functions for specified sampling stations to quantify the sensitivity of each observation at NOAA sampling towers to unit surface fluxes of CO2 or other trace gases at all points upstream in the RUC domain.
For each data point, i.e., tower location and sampling time (1 hour or longer), a separate influence function is derived which depends on spatial coordinates of source areas as well as release time of fluxes from the surface. Therefore, the RUC-LPDM system is generating a huge amount of data, which would be impractical to store and disseminate at full resolution for a year.