Multilevel ensemble Kalman filtering for spatio-temporal processes

Alexey Chernov, Håkon Hoel, Kody J.H. Law, Fabio Nobile, Raul Tempone

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We design and analyse the performance of a multilevel ensemble Kalman filter method (MLEnKF) for filtering settings where the underlying state-space model is an infinite-dimensional spatio-temporal process. We consider underlying models that needs to be simulated by numerical methods, with discretization in both space and time. The multilevel Monte Carlo sampling strategy, achieving variance reduction through pairwise coupling of ensemble particles on neighboring resolutions, is used in the sample-moment step of MLEnKF to produce an efficent hierarchical filtering method for spatio-temporal models. Under sufficent regularity, MLEnKF is proven to be more efficient for weak approximations than EnKF, asymptotically in the large-ensemble and fine-numerical-resolution limit. Numerical examples support our theoretical findings.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalNumerische Mathematik
StatePublished - Feb 2 2018


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