7B.4 Grand European and Asian-Pacific Multi-Model Seasonal Forecasts: Maximization of Skill and of Potential Economical Value to End-Users

Wednesday, 13 January 2016: 9:15 AM
La Nouvelle A ( New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
Andrea Alessandri, Italian National Agency for New Technologies/Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, Santa Maria di Galeria, Italy; and M. De Felice, F. Catalano, D. Y. Lee, J. H. Yoo, J. Y. Lee, and B. Wang

Multi-Model Ensembles (MMEs) are powerful tools in dynamical climate prediction as they account for the overconfidence and the uncertainties related to single-model errors. Previous works suggested that the potential benefit that can be expected by using a MME amplify with the increase of the independence of the contributing Seasonal Prediction Systems. In this work we combine the two Multi Model Ensemble (MME) Seasonal Prediction Systems (SPSs) independently developed by the European (ENSEMBLES) and by the Asian-Pacific (CliPAS/APCC) communities. To this aim, all the possible multi-model combinations obtained by putting together the 5 models from ENSEMBLES and the 11 models from CliPAS/APCC have been evaluated. The grand ENSEMBLES-CliPAS/APCC Multi-Model enhances significantly the skill in predicting 2m temperature and precipitation compared to previous estimates from the contributing MMEs. The combinations of SPSs maximizing the skill that is currently attainable for specific predictands/phenomena is evaluated. It is shown that the marginal performance contribution tends to be higher when adding one model from ENSEMBLES to CliPAS/APCC MMEs and vice versa, confirming that the benefit of using MME amplify with the increase of the independence the contributing models. Indeed, our results show that, in general, the better combinations of SPSs are obtained by mixing ENSEMBLES and CliPAS/APCC models and that only a limited number of SPSs is required to obtain the maximum performance. The number and selection of models that perform better is usually different depending on the region/phenomenon under consideration so that all models are useful in some cases. As an example for the tropical Pacific, the maximum performance is obtained with only the combination of 5-to-6 SPSs from the grand ENSEMBLES-CliPAS/APCC MME. Our results confirm that, combining SPSs from independent MME sources is a good strategy to go beyond current limitation in seasonal predictions.

To verify the above results for a real world application, the Grand ENSEMBLES-CliPAS/APCC MME is used to predict retrospective energy demand over Italy as provided by TERNA (Italian Transmission System Operator) for the period 1990-2007. The results demonstrate the useful application of MME seasonal predictions for energy demand forecasting over Italy. It is shown a significant enhancement of the potential economic value of forecasting energy demand when using the better combinations from the Grand MME by comparison to the maximum value obtained from the better combinations of each of the two contributing MMEs.

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