AtmoSwing, an analog technique model for statistical downscaling and forecasting

Horton, Pascal; Weingartner, Rolf; Jaboyedoff, Michel; Obled, Charles (2018). AtmoSwing, an analog technique model for statistical downscaling and forecasting. Geophysical research abstracts, 14421-1-14421-1. Copernicus Publications

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Analog methods (AMs) allow predicting local meteorological variables of interest (predictand), such as the daily precipitation, based on synoptic variables (predictors). They rely on the hypothesis that similar atmospheric conditions are likely to result in similar local effects. The statistical relationship is first defined (e.g. which predictors, and how many subsampling steps) and calibrated (e.g. which spatial domain, and how many analogues) before being applied to the target period, may it be for operational forecasting or for climate impact studies. A benefit of AMs is that they are lightweight and can provide valuable results for a negligible cost. AtmoSwing is an open source software that implements different AM variants in a very flexible way, so that they can be easily configured by means of XML files. It is written in C++, is object-oriented and multi-platform. AtmoSwing provides four tools: the Optimizer to establish the relationship between the predictand and predictors, the Downscaler to apply the method for climate impact studies, the Forecaster to perform operational forecasts, and the Viewer to display the results. The Optimizer provides a semi-automatic sequential approach, as well as Monte-Carlo analyses, and a global optimization technique by means of Genetic Algorithms. It calibrates the statistical relationship that can be later applied in a forecasting or climatic context. The Downscaler takes as input the outputs of climate models, either GCMs or RCMs in order to provide a downscaled time series of the predictand of interest at a local scale. The Forecaster automatically downloads and reads operational NWP outputs to provide operational forecasting of the predictand of interest. The processing of a forecast is extremely lightweight in terms of computing resources; it can indeed run on almost any computer. The Viewer displays the forecasts in an interactive GIS environment. It contains several layers of syntheses and details in order to provide a quick overview of the potential critical situations in the coming days, as well as the possibility for the user to go into the details of the forecasted predictand distribution.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)


08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)

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Horton, Pascal and Weingartner, Rolf


500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology
900 History > 910 Geography & travel




Copernicus Publications




Pascal Horton

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03 May 2022 11:44




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