Scalar and Multivariate Approaches for Optimal Network Design in Antarctica

by Natalia Hryniw

Institution: University of Washington
Year: 2014
Keywords: ; Meteorology
Record ID: 2045419
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/1773/26157


Observations are crucial for weather and climate, not only for daily forecasts and logistical purposes, for but maintaining representative records and for tuning atmospheric models. Here scalar theory for optimal network design is expanded in a multivariate framework, to allow for optimal station siting for full field optimization. Ensemble sensitivity theory is expanded to produce the covariance trace approach, which optimizes for the trace of the covariance matrix. Relative entropy is also used for multivariate optimization as an information theory approach for finding optimal locations. Antarctic surface temperature data is used as a testbed for these methods. Both methods produce different results which are tied to the fundamental physical parameters of the Antarctic temperature field.