Articles | Volume 23, issue 3
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 1453–1467, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-1453-2019
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 1453–1467, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-1453-2019

Research article 14 Mar 2019

Research article | 14 Mar 2019

Contribution of potential evaporation forecasts to 10-day streamflow forecast skill for the Rhine River

Bart van Osnabrugge et al.

Data sets

Gridded precipitation dataset for the Rhine basin made with the genRE interpolation method B. van Osnabrugge https://doi.org/10.4121/uuid:c875b385-ef6d-45a5-a6d3-d5fe5e3f525d

Gridded Hourly Temperature, Radiation and Makkink Potential Evaporation forcing for hydrological modelling in the Rhine basin B. van Osnabrugge https://doi.org/10.4121/uuid:e036030f-c73b-4e7b-9bd4-eebc899b5a13

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Short summary
A correct estimate of the amount of future precipitation is the most important factor in making a good streamflow forecast, but evaporation is also an important component that determines the discharge of a river. However, in this study for the Rhine River we found that evaporation forecasts only give an almost negligible improvement compared to methods that use statistical information on climatology for a 10-day streamflow forecast. This is important to guide research on low flow forecasts.