Numerical Analysis and Applications

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 341–351 | Cite as

Variational methods of data assimilation and inverse problems for studying the atmosphere, ocean, and environment

  • V. V. PenenkoEmail author


Methods for the combined use of mathematical models and observational data for studying and forecasting the evolution of natural processes in the atmosphere, ocean, and environment are presented. Variational principles for estimation of functionals defined on a set of functions of state, parameters and sources of models of processes are a theoretical background. Mathematical models with allowance for uncertainties are considered as constraints to the class of functions. Attention is focused on methods of successive data assimilation and on inverse problems.

Key words

variational principles data assimilation adjoint problems sensitivity analysis uncertainty assessment inverse problems models of atmospheric dynamics and chemistry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Geophysics, Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesNovosibirskRussia
  2. 2.Novosibirsk State UniversityNovosibirskRussia

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