|Soil temperature and water content||Extended Kalman Filter (EKF) for conventional and satellite observations. Offline mode||First guess T2m and Q2m from open land/snow only (excluding forest)||Addition of ASCAT data.
Longer term plan is to develop an EKF scheme that uses screen observations and satellite data
|Extended Kalman Filter (EKF) for use of conventional (soil moisture and brightness temperatures). Offline mode|
|Sea surface temperature||Optimal interpolation using surface observations and satellite SST products (OSTIA)||None|
|Sea-ice temperature||None||Implementation of bulk thermodynamic sea ice model presently applied operationally in GME||None|
|Snow depth||Optimal interpolation using surface observations + satellite MSG swno cover mask||Major revision of snow within COSMO project COLOBOC at Meteo-Swiss. Modifications in calculation of rho_snow, T_snow, additional use of snow observations in the Alpine region||Longer term plans to include SYNOPs and satellite SWE in snow depth analysis|
|Vegetation||Kalman filter for surface albedo analysis from LandSAF products||More frequent updates, possibly using LandSAF data. Longer term plan to assimilate LAI within EKF scheme||MODIS assimilation in a simplified 2D-Var|
Newsletter 8, published on January 31st, 2017