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Recent Book “Inverse Modeling” … Roland at the RIKEN (Intern. Symposium on Data Assimilation in Kobe, Japan) March 2017

Data Assimilation and Inverse Problems

Our Division for Data Assimilation (FE12) of the German Weather Service (DWD) is working on data assimilation for numerical weather prediction (NWP). The research of our group at the University of Reading, UK, is concerned with inverse problems and data assimilation in three areas:

  • numerical weather prediction (NWP),
  • cognitive neuroscience / neural field theory (NFT),
  • inverse scattering problems / remote sensing.

These are extremely exciting areas scientifically and very important for society, for example for air traffic, severe weather warnings and national energy supply, in medicine by medical imaging and for many industrial and environmental questions.


  • Nov 29-Dec 5, 2017, Darmstadt, Germany: 21st International TOVS Study Conference ITSC-XXI Web PDF
  • Nov 9, 2017, Kobe, Japan: External Reviewer of RIKEN Data Assimilation Unit Web
  • Oct 23-24, 2017, Bali, Indonesia: WMO Commission of Atmospheric Sciences (CAS) Meeting Web
  • Oct 20-22, 2017, Bali, Indonesia: WMO Science Summit Web PDF Copy
  • July 3-5, 2017, Reading, UK, 4th International Conference on Neural Field Theory, Organizer and Tutorial Speaker
  • May 31-Jun 2, 2017, Jeju Island, Korea. “International Workshop on Real Time NWP Forecast System” with a strong Data Assimilation component, Invited Speaker
  • May 30-June 2, 2017, Colorado, USA: International Conference on Mathematical Neuroscience 2017 Web (Programme Committee)
  • May 23, 2017: Seminar Talk at the University of Karlsruhe, Ensemble Data Assimilation and Numerical Weather Prediction
  • April 19, 2017: Seminar Talk at Eumetsat, Darmstadt, about Satellite Data and Numerical Weather Prediction
  • March 27-29, 2017, Berlin, International conference on “Scaling Cascades in Complex Systems” by the Collaborative Research Center 1114, Minisymposium on “balanced data assimilation”

For more news see IP News and IP Events!

Previous News can be found at News RP 2016.


Prof. Dr. Roland Potthast
Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD)
Frankfurter Strasse 135
63067 Offenbach, Germany

Professor for Applied Mathematics
Department of Mathematics and Statistics,
Whiteknights, PO Box 220,
Reading RG6 6AX, UK


My group consists of about 30 researchers on data assimilation and inverse problems in Frankfurt/Offenbach and Reading (UK), see group.


My Christian Blog

Thinking about faith and life has always been a passion for me. I have become a Christian and have started to explore the world as someone who follows Jesus - that has turned out to be quite an adventure and highly exciting. In my daily blog I explore thoughts and arguments about faith, and monitor how faith works on a daily basis: Jesus Network


Recent publications can be found on publications. A book Inverse Modeling by Nakamura and Potthast with an introduction into data assimilation and inverse problems has recently appeared at IOP.

Working in an operational center, our focus is to develop state-of-the-art inversion methods which can be run in a reliable way on a supercomputer in near real-time. It includes codes on scattering of waves, propagation of light and radiation, tomography, large-scale optimization and uncertainty quanitfication, ensemble and particle methods.

(Our computer at Deutscher Wetterdienst is no 130 on the TOP-500 Supercomputer List Web)

However, the development of insight into the scientific problems we need to solve is an indispensible ingredient of our daily work. Part of this insight is based on mathematical analysis and the testing of computational methods for purpuse-built small-scale demonstration systems.

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