Articles | Volume 21, issue 7
Research article
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31 Jul 2017
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 31 Jul 2017

An intercomparison of approaches for improving operational seasonal streamflow forecasts

Pablo A. Mendoza, Andrew W. Wood, Elizabeth Clark, Eric Rothwell, Martyn P. Clark, Bart Nijssen, Levi D. Brekke, and Jeffrey R. Arnold

Data sets

2010 Modified Streamflows Bonneville Power Administration

Global Historical Climatology Network - Daily (GHCN-Daily), Version 3 M. J. Menne, I. Durre, B. Korzeniewski, S. McNeal, K. Thomas, X. Yin, S. Anthony, R. Ray, R. S. Vose, B. E. Gleason, and T. G. Houston

Climate Indices: Monthly Atmospheric and Ocean Time Series Earth System Research Laboratory

Climate Forecast System (CFS) NOAA - National Centers for Environmental Information

Short summary
Water supply forecasts are critical to support water resources operations and planning. The skill of such forecasts depends on our knowledge of (i) future meteorological conditions and (ii) the amount of water stored in a basin. We address this problem by testing several approaches that make use of these sources of predictability, either separately or in a combined fashion. The main goal is to understand the marginal benefits of both information and methodological complexity in forecast skill.