Articles | Volume 17, issue 2
Research article
22 Feb 2013
Research article |  | 22 Feb 2013

A Bayesian joint probability post-processor for reducing errors and quantifying uncertainty in monthly streamflow predictions

P. Pokhrel, D. E. Robertson, and Q. J. Wang

Abstract. Hydrologic model predictions are often biased and subject to heteroscedastic errors originating from various sources including data, model structure and parameter calibration. Statistical post-processors are applied to reduce such errors and quantify uncertainty in the predictions. In this study, we investigate the use of a statistical post-processor based on the Bayesian joint probability (BJP) modelling approach to reduce errors and quantify uncertainty in streamflow predictions generated from a monthly water balance model. The BJP post-processor reduces errors through elimination of systematic bias and through transient errors updating. It uses a parametric transformation to normalize data and stabilize variance and allows for parameter uncertainty in the post-processor. We apply the BJP post-processor to 18 catchments located in eastern Australia and demonstrate its effectiveness in reducing prediction errors and quantifying prediction uncertainty.