The Advantage of Using International Multimodel Ensemble for Seasonal Precipitation Forecast over Israel

Amir Givati, Mashor Housh, Yoav Levi, Dror Paz, Itzhak Carmona, Emily Becker

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This study analyzes the results of monthly and seasonal precipitation forecasting from seven different global climate forecast models for major basins in Israel within October-April 1982-2010. The six National Multimodel Ensemble (NMME) models and the ECMWF seasonal model were used to calculate an International Multimodel Ensemble (IMME). The study presents the performance of both monthly and seasonal predictions of precipitation accumulated over three months, with respect to different lead times for the ensemble mean values, one per individual model. Additionally, we analyzed the performance of different combinations of models. We present verification of seasonal forecasting using real forecasts, focusing on a small domain characterized by complex terrain, high annual precipitation variability, and a sharp precipitation gradient from west to east as well as from south to north. The results in this study show that, in general, the monthly analysis does not provide very accurate results, even when using the IMME for one-month lead time. We found that the IMME outperformed any single model prediction. Our analysis indicates that the optimal combinations with the high correlation values contain at least three models. Moreover, prediction with larger number of models in the ensemble produces more robust predictions. The results obtained in this study highlight the advantages of using an ensemble of global models over single models for small domain.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9204081
JournalAdvances in Meteorology
StatePublished - 2017

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Pollution
  • Atmospheric Science


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