EGU2020-9305
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-9305
EGU General Assembly 2020
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Impact of satellite and in situ data assimilation on hydrological predictions

Jude Lubega Musuuza1, Louise Crochemore1, David Gustafsson1, Rafael Pimentel2, and Ilias Pechlivanidis1
Jude Lubega Musuuza et al.
  • 1SMHI, Hydrology, Norrköping, Sweden (jude.musuuza@smhi.se)
  • 2Fluvial Dynamics and Hydrology Research Group, Andalusian Institute for Earth System Research. University of Cordoba, Spain

The assimilation of different satellite and in-situ products generally improves the hydrological model predictive skill. Most studies have focused on assimilating a single product at a time with the ensemble size subjectively chosen by the modeller. In this study, we use the European-scale Hydrological Predictions for the Environment hydrological model in the Umeälven catchment in northern Sweden with the stream discharge and local reservoir inflow as target variables to objectively choose an ensemble size that optimises model performance. We further assess the effect of assimilating different satellite products namely snow water equivalent, fractional snow cover, and actual and potential evapotranspiration; as well as in situ measurements of river discharge and local reservoir inflows. We finally investigate the combinations of those products that improve model predictions of the target variables and how the model performance varies through the year for those combinations. We found that an ensemble size of 50 was sufficient for all products except the reservoir inflow, which required 100 members and that in situ products outperform satellite products when assimilated. In particular, potential evapotranspiration alone or as combinations with other products did not generally improve predictions of our target variables. However, assimilating combinations of the snow products, discharge and local reservoir without ET products improves the model performance.

How to cite: Musuuza, J. L., Crochemore, L., Gustafsson, D., Pimentel, R., and Pechlivanidis, I.: Impact of satellite and in situ data assimilation on hydrological predictions, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-9305, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-9305, 2020

How to cite: Musuuza, J. L., Crochemore, L., Gustafsson, D., Pimentel, R., and Pechlivanidis, I.: Impact of satellite and in situ data assimilation on hydrological predictions, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-9305, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-9305, 2020

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