Journal article

Combining the strengths of statistical and dynamical modeling approaches for forecasting Australian seasonal rainfall

Andrew Schepen, QJ Wang, David E Robertson

JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-ATMOSPHERES | AMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION | Published : 2012

Abstract

Forecasting rainfall at the seasonal time scale is highly challenging. Seasonal rainfall forecasts are typically made using statistical or dynamical models. The two types of models have different strengths, and their combination has the potential to increase forecast skill. In this study, statistical-dynamical forecasts of Australian seasonal rainfall are assessed. Statistical rainfall forecasts are made based on observed relationships with lagged climate indices. Dynamical forecasts are made by calibrating raw outputs from multiple general circulation models. The statistical and dynamical forecasts are then merged using a Bayesian model averaging (BMA) method. The skill and reliability of t..

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