Journal article

Ensemble forecasting of monthly and seasonal reference crop evapotranspiration based on global climate model outputs

Tongtiegang Zhao, Quan J Wang, Andrew Schepen, Morwenna Griffiths

AGRICULTURAL AND FOREST METEOROLOGY | ELSEVIER | Published : 2019

Abstract

Long-range forecasts of climatic variables are generated by climate centres around the world using global climate models (GCMs). This paper investigates ensemble forecasting of reference crop evapotranspiration (ETo) based on GCM outputs. The Penman-Monteith formula is used to calculate raw forecasts of ETo from GCM forecasts of solar radiation, temperature, wind speed, and vapor pressure. The Bayesian joint probability (BJP) modelling approach is applied to post-process raw monthly forecasts, separately for different lead times (month 1, 2 and 3 ahead). The Schaake shuffle is then employed to link the ensemble members of post-processed forecasts for all lead times to give a temporal structu..

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