Articles | Volume 22, issue 6
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 3409–3420, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-3409-2018

Special issue: Sub-seasonal to seasonal hydrological forecasting

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 3409–3420, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-3409-2018

Research article 21 Jun 2018

Research article | 21 Jun 2018

The benefit of seamless forecasts for hydrological predictions over Europe

Fredrik Wetterhall and Francesca Di Giuseppe

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This study aims to bridge the gap between water resources forecasts from the short-range (days) up to the long-range (seasonal) timescale. Applications of such a system are typically the waterpower industry, river and lake transports, and water resources management. The study uses a new meteorological forecast product combined with a hydrological model to predict river discharge over the major European river basins. The results show an improvement in comparison with the current system.