Bias correction for spatially interpolated daily mean air temperature during winter in eastern Hokkaido using multimodal machine learning

Keach Murakami, Tomoyoshi Hirota, Seiji Shimoda, Tomotsugu Yazaki

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Abstract

Interactions between boundary layer wind and topography form non-uniform air temperature distributions in cold and snow-covered regions. Because of this heterogeneity, spatially interpolated air temperatures sometimes deviate from observed values. To evaluate the quality of spatially interpolated daily mean temperatures (Tint) provided by a 1 km gridded meteorological data service (Ohno et al., 2016), we collected observed temperatures (Tobs) obtained at meteorological observation sites located near farmland in the Tokachi and Okhotsk regions̶in eastern Hokkaido, Japan̶in winter (October-March) and revisited the bias in the interpolated temperatures (dT). The root-mean-square error (RMSE) of Tint obtained at 88 sites was 1.16°C, and the absolute median dT values were greater than 1°C at 14 sites. The variance of dT was greater on cold and calm days, suggesting the involvement of radiative cooling and the accumulation of cold air parcels. To correct Tint by estimating dT at a given site by considering the formation mechanisms of the temperature distributions, we attempted to develop a multimodal machine learning model that had four predictors: surface and boundary layer meteorological data and topographical and geographical features around each site. To analyze the influence of the spatial extent of the topography and geography around each site, we compared models having these predictors with various sizes of the region of interest (ROI). By training the models and applying them to an independent test dataset, it has been shown that bias correction using models with a small topographical ROI (30×30 km or smaller) reduced the RMSE. The RMSE of the test dataset decreased by ~0.1°C via the application of a nested model, suggesting the potential usefulness of the presented approach for locally confined meteorological events. However, the biases were increased at several sites by application of the models, thus implying that further improvement is essential for practical use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-173
Number of pages10
Journaljournal of agricultural meteorology
Volume76
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 10 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Atmospheric Science

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