Articles | Volume 14, issue 3
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 14, 193–199, 2007
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-14-193-2007
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 14, 193–199, 2007
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-14-193-2007

  22 May 2007

22 May 2007

Meteorological uncertainty and rainfall downscaling

J. von Hardenberg1, L. Ferraris2, N. Rebora2, and A. Provenzale1 J. von Hardenberg et al.
  • 1ISAC-CNR, Corso Fiume 4, 10133 Torino, Italy
  • 2CIMA – Università di Genova, via Cadorna 7, 17100 Savona, Italy

Abstract. We explore the sources of forecast uncertainty in a mixed dynamical-stochastic ensemble prediction chain for small-scale precipitation, suitable for hydrological applications. To this end, we apply the stochastic downscaling method RainFARM to each member of ensemble limited-area forecasts provided by the COSMO-LEPS system. Aim of the work is to quantitatively compare the relative weights of the meteorological uncertainty associated with large-scale synoptic conditions (represented by the ensemble of dynamical forecasts) and of the uncertainty due to small-scale processes (represented by the set of fields generated by stochastic downscaling). We show that, in current operational configurations, small- and large-scale uncertainties have roughly the same weight. These results can be used to pinpoint the specific components of the prediction chain where a better estimate of forecast uncertainty is needed.