Data Assimilation Seminar – Dr. Shigenori Otsuka [R-CCS]

We held the 61st Data Assimilation Seminar at RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS) on 21 August.

The talk was given by Dr. Shigenori Otsuka from the Data Assimilation team here at RIKEN. He presented his research using two optical-flow based nowcasting systems for improving short-range precipitation prediction, 1) Phased Array Weather Radar (PAWR) 3D nowcasting system and 2) Global Satellite Mapping of Precipitation (GSMaP) RIKEN Nowcast (RNC) system. Given the limitations of using optical-flow systems for weather prediction, one being that convective weather systems can evolve very rapidly and non-linearly, his research has steered towards the use of deep learning techniques, where he has applied the Convolutional Long Short-Term Memory (Conv-LSTM) algorithm to the PAWR data. Preliminary results of real-time experiments with Conv-LSTM showed improvements in short-range forecasts.

We would like to thank Dr Otsuka for his interesting talk and wish him well with his continuing research using nowcasting systems.

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