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1 Retrieving consistent profiles of clouds and rain from instrument synergy
Robin Hogan, Nicola Pounder University of Reading, UK Julien Delanoë LATMOS, France

2 Overview The synergy of instruments in the A-Train and EarthCARE offer more accurate retrievals of cloud & light precipitation than ever before But to exploit integral measurements (radar PIA, radiances) we must retrieve cloud and precipitation simultaneously Variational approach offers rigorous treatment of errors Behaviour should tend towards existing two-instrument synergy algos Radar+lidar for ice clouds: Donovan et al. (2001), Delanoe & H (2008) DARDAR available at: CloudSat+MODIS for liquid clouds: Austin & Stephens (2001) Calipso+MODIS for aerosol: Kaufman et al. (2003) CloudSat surface return for rainfall: L’Ecuyer & Stephens (2002) This talk presents progress towards “unified algorithm” for EarthCARE Retrieval framework Automatic adjoints Ice, rain and melting-ice retrieval: testing on simulated profiles Demonstration on A-Train data Future work

3 Ingredients developed Implement previous work Not yet developed
Unified retrieval 1. New ray of data: define state vector Use classification to specify variables describing each species at each gate Ice: extinction coefficient, N0’, lidar extinction-to-backscatter ratio Liquid: extinction coefficient and number concentration Rain: rain rate, drop diameter and melting ice Aerosol: extinction coefficient, particle size and lidar ratio 3a. Radar model Including surface return and multiple scattering 3b. Lidar model Including HSRL channels and multiple scattering 3c. Radiance model Solar and IR channels 4. Compare to observations Check for convergence 6. Iteration method Derive new state vector using quasi-Newton scheme 3. Forward model Not converged Converged Proceed to next ray of data 2. Convert state vector to radar-lidar resolution Often the state vector will contain a low resolution description of the profile 7. Calculate retrieval error Error covariances and averaging kernel Ingredients developed Implement previous work Not yet developed

4 Unified retrieval: forward model
From state vector x to forward modelled observations H(x)... Ice & snow Liquid cloud Rain Aerosol x Adjoint of radar model (vector) Adjoint of lidar model (vector) Adjoint of radiometer model Gradient of cost function (vector) xJ=HTR-1[y–H(x)] Vector-matrix multiplications: around the same cost as the original forward operations Adjoint of radiative transfer models yJ=R-1[y–H(x)] Ice/radar Liquid/radar Rain/radar Ice/lidar Liquid/lidar Rain/lidar Aerosol/lidar Ice/radiometer Liquid/radiometer Rain/radiometer Aerosol/radiometer Lookup tables to obtain profiles of extinction, scattering & backscatter coefficients, asymmetry factor Radar scattering profile Lidar scattering profile Radiometer scattering profile Sum the contributions from each constituent Radar forward modelled obs Lidar forward modelled obs Radiometer fwd modelled obs H(x) Radiative transfer models

5 Minimization methods - in 1D
Quasi-Newton method (e.g. L-BFGS) Rolling a ball down a hill Smart choice of direction in many dimensions aids convergence Requires the gradient J/x A vector (efficient to store) Efficient to calculate using adjoint method Used in data assimilation Gauss-Newton method Requires the curvature 2J/x2 A matrix More expensive to calculate Fewer iterations to converge Assume J is quadratic and jump to the minimum Limited to smaller retrieval problems J x x1 J/x 2J/x2 J x1 J/x x2 x3 x4 x5 x6 x7 x8 x2 x3 x4 x5 x Coding up adjoints and Jacobian matrices is very time consuming and error prone – is there a better way?

6 Automatic adjoints Algorithm y(x) in C++:
double algorithm_AD(const double x[2], double y_AD[1], double x_AD[2]) { double y = 4.0; double s = 2.0*x[0] + 3.0*x[1]*x[1]; y *= sin(s); /* Adjoint part: */ double s_AD = 0.0; y_AD[0] += sin(s) * y_AD[0]; s_AD += y * cos(s) * y_AD[0]; x_AD[0] += 3.0 * s_AD; x_AD[1] += 6.0 * x[0] * s_AD; s_AD = 0.0; y_AD[0] = 0.0; return y; } Quite fiddly and error-prone to code-up dJ/dx given dJ/dy adouble algorithm(const adouble x[2]) { adouble y = 4.0; adouble s = 2.0*x[0] + 3.0*x[1]*x[1]; y *= sin(s); return y; } // Main code adept::Stack stack; y = algorithm(x); stack.compute_adjoint(); // Do the hard work This can be done automatically in C++ using a special active type “adouble” and overloading mathematical operators and functions Existing libraries CppAD and ADOL-C provide this capability but they’re quite slow New library “Adept” uses expression templates in C++ to do this much faster Freely available at Hogan (Mathematics & Computers in Simulation, in review) double algorithm(const double x[2]) { double y = 4.0; double s = 2.0*x[0] + 3.0*x[1]*x[1]; y *= sin(s); return y; }

7 Benchmark results Tested PVC and TDTS multiple scattering algorithms (here for PVC) Time relative to original code for profile with N=50 cloudy points: Adjoint calculation is: Only 5-20% slower than hand-coded adjoint 5-9 times faster than leading alternative libraries ADOL-C and CppAD Jacobian calculation is: 4-20 times faster than ADOL-C/CppAD for a matrix of size 50x350 Now used for entire unified algorithm Sorry, it won’t work for Fortran until Fortran has template capability! Adjoint Jacobian (50x350) Hand-coded 3.0 New C++ library: Adept 3.5 20 ADOL-C 25 83 CppAD 29 352

8 Retrieved (state) variables
Ice clouds and snow (extension of Delanoe and Hogan 2008, 2010) [1] log extinction coefficient, [2] log lidar ratio [3] log number conc parameter N0* (good a priori from temperature) [4] “Riming factor” to allow Doppler information to be assimilated Lidar molecular signal is used beyond cloud, when detectable Liquid clouds (see Nicola Pounder’s talk) [1] log LWC, [2] total number concentration (one value per liquid layer) Extinction info from lidar multiple scattering, radar PIA, SW radiances Rain and melting ice [1] log rain rate, [2] number conc parameter Nw* (one value per profile) “Flatness constraint” on rain rate: extra terms in cost function penalize deviations from a constant rain rate with height Different a-priori values for stratocu drizzle and rain from melting ice Melting layer radar attenuation uses Matrosov’s empirical relationship: 2-way attenuation [dB] = 2.2 x rain rate [mm h-1] Additional term in cost function penalizes difference in snow flux above melting layer and rain rate below Use radar PIA information over the ocean

9 Idealized nimbostratus retrieval
Constraint of constant flux across melting layer and smooth rain profile, but we have the classic ill-constrained attenuation retrieval problem

10 Idealized nimbostratus retrieval
Much better behaviour with flatness constraint on rain rate

11 A-Train case Forward modelled radar and lidar match observations well, indicating good convergence Can also simulate the Doppler velocity that would be observed by EarthCARE Currently omits multiple scattering and air motion effects on Doppler

12 Retrievals Ice cloud properties retrieved similarly to Delanoe and Hogan (2008, 2010) algorithm Water flux is approximately conserved across the melting layer Rain rate is relatively constant with range


14 Further work Forward models and observations
Implement LIDORT solar radiance model (has adjoint/Jacobian) Implement Delanoe & Hogan infrared radiance code Implement multiple scattering model with depolarization (but are measurements too noisy?) Incorporate radar path integrated attenuation Incorporate Doppler velocity Retrieved quantities Add “riming” factor Refine aerosol retrieval Verification Consistency of different sources of information using A-Train data Aircraft data with in-situ sampling from NASA ER-2 and French aircraft EarthCARE simulator (ECSIM) scenes using EarthCARE specification


16 Minimizing the cost function
Gradient of cost function (a vector) Gauss-Newton method Rapid convergence (instant for linear problems) Get solution error covariance “for free” at the end Levenberg-Marquardt is a small modification to ensure convergence Need the Jacobian matrix H of every forward model: can be expensive for larger problems as forward model may need to be rerun with each element of the state vector perturbed and 2nd derivative (the Hessian matrix): Gradient Descent methods Fast adjoint method to calculate xJ means don’t need to calculate Jacobian Disadvantage: more iterations needed since we don’t know curvature of J(x) Quasi-Newton method to get the search direction (e.g. L-BFGS used by ECMWF): builds up an approximate inverse Hessian A for improved convergence Scales well for large x Poorer estimate of the error at the end

17 Ice fall speeds Terminal fall-speed (m s-1)
In convective clouds, intend to add a multiplication factor (or similar) to allow denser particles (e.g. rimed aggregates, graupel and hail) to be retrieved using the Doppler measurements Heymsfield & Westbrook (2010) expression predicts fall speed as a function of particle mass, maximum dimension and “area ratio” Currently we assume Brown and Francis (1995) mass-size relationship, so fall speed is a function of size alone Brown & Francis (1995)

18 Simple melting-layer model
Minimalist approach: 2-way radar attenuation in dB is 2.2 times rain rate (Matrosov 2008) No effect on other variables Add term to cost function penalizing difference between ice flux above and rain flux below melting layer Matrosov (IEEE Trans. Geosci. Rem. Sens. 2008)

19 A mixed-phase case Observations Retrievals


21 Model skill Use “DARDAR” CloudSat-CALIPSO cloud mask
How well is mean cloud fraction modelled? Tend to underestimate mid & low cloud fraction How good are models at forecasting cloud at right time? (SEDI skill score) Winter mid to upper troposphere: excellent Tropical mid to upper troposphere: fair Tropical and sub-tropical boundary layer: virtually no skill! Hogan, Stein, Garcon & Delanoe (in prep)

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