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Streamflow -- Forecasting, Hydrologic models, Uncertainty -- Mathematical models


The rainfall seasonality index is the measure of precipitation distribution throughout the seasonal cycle. The aim of this study is to compare the effect of different multi-model averaging methods on the rainfall seasonality index at each 1/16 latitude-longitude cells covering the Columbia River Basin. In accordance with the same, ten different climate model outputs are selected from 45 available climate models from CMIP5 dataset. The reanalysis precipitation data is used to estimate the errors in rainfall seasonality for the climate model outputs. The inverse variance method and statistical multi criteria analysis (SMCA) method were used to estimate the weights for each climate model output. The precipitation amounts from the climate model outputs were then averaged using these model weights. The rainfall seasonality index was estimated from: (1) observed reanalysis data; (2) averaged precipitation amount from ten combinations of CMIP5 outputs for the current climate (1979–2005) using inverse variance method; (3) averaged precipitation amount from the ten combinations of CMIP5 outputs for the current climate using SMCA. The results showed the large differences in rainfall seasonality index for each climate model averaging. Moreover, the multi-modelling of climate models resulted in relative improvements in the performance of the rainfall seasonality over the Columbia River Basin. The estimated model weights for the current climate can be useful to combine the model outputs for the future climate.


Presented at the 5th Annual Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference, At Seattle, WA



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