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Configuration and hindcast quality assessment of a brazilian global sub‐seasonal prediction system

Guimarães, B. S., Coelho, C. A. S., Woolnough, S., J., Kubota, P. Y., Bastarz, C. F., Figueroa, S. N., Bonatti, J. P. and Souza, D. C. (2020) Configuration and hindcast quality assessment of a brazilian global sub‐seasonal prediction system. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 146 (728). pp. 1067-1084. ISSN 0035-9009

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This paper presents the Center for Weather Forecast and Climate Studies (CPTEC) developments for configuring a global sub-seasonal prediction system and assessing its ability in producing retrospective predictions (hindcasts) for meteorological conditions of the following 4 weeks. Six Brazilian Global Atmospheric Model version 1.2 (BAM-1.2) configurations were tested in terms of vertical resolution, deep convection and boundary layer parameterizations, as well as soil moisture initialization. The aim was to identify the configuration with best performance when predicting weekly accumulate precipitation, weekly mean 2-meter temperature (T2M) and the Madden and Julian Oscillation (MJO) daily evolution. Hindcasts assessment was performed for 12 extended austral summers (November to March - 1999/2000 to 2010/2011) with two start dates for each month for the six configurations and two ensemble approaches. The first approach, referred to as Multiple Configurations Ensemble (MCEN), was formed of one ensemble member from each of the six configurations. The second, referred to as Initial Condition Ensemble (ICEN), was composed of six ensemble members produced with the chosen configuration as the best using an Empirical Orthogonal Function (EOF) perturbation methodology. The chosen configuration presented high correlation and low root mean squared error (RMSE) for precipitation and T2M anomaly predictions at the first week and these indices degraded as lead time increased, maintaining moderate performance up to week 4 over the tropical Pacific and northern South America. For MJO predictions, this configuration crossed the 0.5 bivariate correlation threshold in 18 days. The ensemble approaches improved the correlation and RMSE of precipitation and T2M anomalies. ICEN improved precipitation and T2M predictions performance over eastern South America at week 3 and over northern South America at week 4. Improvements were also noticed for MJO predictions. The time to cross the above mentioned threshold increased to 21 days for MCEN and to 20 days for ICEN.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > NCAS
Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:88559


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