Statistical downscaling to predict drought events using high resolution satelite based geopotential data

H. Kuswanto*, I. L. Yuliatin, H. A. Khoiri

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Drought prediction is a very challenging work due to high degree of uncertainty in the climate system. Geopotential height has been investigated as one of the dominant variables that can be used to predict drought events. This paper discussed the use of high resolution satelite based (reanalysis) data as the predictor of drought events, resulting on a high dimensional dataset. To deal with this, dimension reduction has been carried out by using Principle Component Analysis (PCA), prior to the development of the downscaling models which incorporate the past SPI (Standardized Precipitation Index) combined with the geopotential height at some specific atmosperic levels i.e. 500hPa, 850hPa, 900hPa, 975 hPa and 1000hPa. The SPI, as the drought risk measure is derived from the reduced dimension of precipitation data observed from the corresponding meteorological stations, while the geopotential height is reduced from gridded high resolution data. The downscaling process found the best model to predict the drought risk with various degree of R-squares. The outsample validation showed that predicting drought using SPI3 (three month period SPI) with geopotential at the 900hPa level as the predictor outperforms the others with R-square reaching 77%.

Original languageEnglish
Article number052040
JournalIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019
Event9th Annual Basic Science International Conference 2019, BaSIC 2019 - Malang, Indonesia
Duration: 20 Mar 201921 Mar 2019


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