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# Using the Characteristic Equation to Estimate the Initial Values for Numerical Forecasts

## Eiichi Matsunaga and Tomomasa Ohkubo

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tokyo University of Technology

Hachiouji, Tokyo, 192-0982, Japan

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*=*0. Even so, high-resolution interpolation cannot be expected since the original data is of poor quality. In addition, the interpolated values may not be physically valid because the governing equation may not have been considered when the data were interpolated. We therefore propose a new method of estimating the initial value by using a characteristic equation. In this method, we replace the spatial resolution with time resolution. This results in a high-resolution initial value because the same place is measured more than once. In addition, the characteristic equation is based on the governing equation. Therefore, in this method, an accurate estimation of initial value is considered to be possible. In this paper, we show two applications of this approach, one for a dimensional shallow water wave equation and one for Euler’s equation. The shallow water wave equation is for the tsunami, and the Euler equation is the governing equation of the numerical weather forecast.

*J. Adv. Comput. Intell. Intell. Inform.*, Vol.20 No.7, pp. 1147-1151, 2016.

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