Seasonal flow forecasting in Africa:exploratory studies for large lakes

Sene, Kevin and Tych, Wlodek (2021) Seasonal flow forecasting in Africa:exploratory studies for large lakes. Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences, 384. pp. 289-293. ISSN 2199-899X

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Abstract

For many applications, it would be extremely useful to have insights into river flows at timescales of a few weeks to months ahead. However, seasonal predictions of this type are necessarily probabilistic which raises challenges both in generating forecasts and their interpretation. Despite this, an increasing number of studies have shown promising results and this is an active area for research. In this paper, we discuss insights gained from previous studies using a novel combined water balance and data-driven approach for two of Africa's largest lakes, Lake Victoria and Lake Malawi. Factors which increased predictability included the unusually long hydrological response times and statistically significant links to ocean-atmosphere processes such as the Indian Ocean Dipole. Other lessons learned included the benefits of data assimilation and the need for care in the choice of performance metrics.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences
ID Code:
166425
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Deposited On:
21 Feb 2022 12:00
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Yes
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Published
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04 May 2022 02:44