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Colorado Basin River Forecast Center. Research and Development in Water Supply Forecasting Andy Wood Development & Operations Hydrologist CBRFC. Western Water Supply Forecast Sources. NOAA RFCs Model based (ESP and variations) Statistical (regression w/ dimension reduction)

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    1. Colorado Basin River Forecast Center Research and Development in Water Supply Forecasting Andy Wood Development & Operations Hydrologist CBRFC

    2. Western Water Supply Forecast Sources • NOAA RFCs • Model based (ESP and variations) • Statistical (regression w/ dimension reduction) • USDA/NRCS Nat. Water & Climate Center • Statistical (same as RFC, applied differently) Other Sources • USBR -- statistical & model based, depending on district • COE - statistical • Bonneville Power Agency • University (eg, U. of Washington, UC Irvine) • Your forecast?

    3. Western Water Supply Forecasts The user now sees one coordinated forecast for each point/type. NWCC forecasts + RFC forecasts + forecaster judgment + coordination ------------------------------ Official Forecast Multi-model forecast are all the rage – this is one! 10 % 50 % 90 %

    4. Western Water Supply Forecasts • We want to untangle and understand the pieces -- why? • The coordination process is difficult, slow • pros – incorporates forecaster knowledge • cons – non-objective, irreproducible • The component forecasts are very different • Do we understand strengths and weaknesses of the approaches? • In high years versus low years? In January versus May? • Are we combining these forecast in the best way? • How good are the error bounds? (10-90s?) • Can additional forecasts be combined to make them even better? • We lack a framework (or directive) for doing this

    5. Western Water Supply Forecasts • Project to explore water supply forecast formulation • Goals: • To provide users greater insight into each forecast component • To allow users to access individual component forecasts • To provide a framework for objective combination of the forecasts • To allow incorporation of additional forecasts if deemed skillful • Require real-time preparation • Require a historical track record

    6. Study Basins • Little Snake Nr Lily • New Fork Nr Big Piney • Jordan Nr Utah Lake, Provo • Weber At Gateway • Salt Nr Roosevelt • Verde Blo Tangle Ck AbvHorsehoe Dam • Gila Nr Gila • San Francisco Nr Glenwood • Colorado Nr Lake Granby, Granby • Blue At Dillon Res • Colorado Nr Cameo • East R At Almont • Green R At Warren Bridge • Sf Flathead River at Hungry Horse Dam, MT • Kootenai River at Libby Dam, MT • Clearwater River at Dworshak Dam, ID

    7. Western Water Supply Forecasts In collaboration with NRCS/NWCC, we’re gathering a ~25 year history of re-forecasts from current RFC and NRCS tools. 10 % RFC ESPs are shown 50 % We’re evaluating: 10-90 spread model skill for different situations other ways of combining forecasts 90 %

    8. Forecast characteristics change as season progresses ESP has larger spread ESP has smaller spread

    9. Western Water Supply Forecasts • Examples of 10-90s performance • the bounds aren’t bad • the forecast tools bounds differ X where obs fell X relative bounds In sample N=25, want 2-3 each outside bounds

    10. Western Water Supply Forecasts • Examples of 10-90s performance • narrower bounds and smaller errors later in season • (to be expected)

    11. Western Water Supply Forecasts • Next steps • Will continue to gather & analyze hindcasts • Working on combination algorithm • Will set up experimental website • Feedback/Questions welcome! • Acknowledgements: • David Garen, Gus Goodbody & others at NWCC are collaborating with CRBRC