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Towards improved reliability of operational seasonal forecasts
Simon J. Mason

International Research Institute (IRI) for Climate and Society
Palisades, New York

Date:  Monday, July 9, 2007
Time:  2:00 PM
Place:   Room 707, NOAA Science Center
            5200 Auth Road
            Camp Springs, MD 20746


Seasonal climate forecasting have become operational in many countries in the last approximately 10 years, receiving impetus in part from the 1997/98 El Nino, and enabled to a large part by extensive capacity building efforts linked to Regional Climate Outlook Fora (COFs). Although these developments should be seen as a great positive, numerous methodological issues have arisen in developing forecasts with good reliability. Problems arising from artificial skill, even with cross-validation, problems of reliably estimating uncertainty, and practical problems of generating forecasts under severe resource constraints, have all had to be addressed in order to progress towards developing reliable and skillful forecasts. In this presentation some of these methodological problems will be detailed, and some proposed solutions, many of which have been packaged into a software tool called the Climate Predictability Tool (CPT), developed and distributed by the IRI, will discussed.

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