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Research article
10 May 2016
Research article |  | 10 May 2016

Accounting for three sources of uncertainty in ensemble hydrological forecasting

Antoine Thiboult, François Anctil, and Marie-Amélie Boucher

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Issuing a good hydrological forecast is challenging because of the numerous sources of uncertainty that lay in the description of the hydrometeorological processes. Several modeling techniques are investigated in this paper to assess how they contribute to the forecast quality. It is shown that the best modeling approach uses several dissimilar techniques that each tackle one source of uncertainty.