Selecting climate change scenarios for regional hydrologic impact studies based on climate extremes indices

Seung Beom Seo, Young Oh Kim, Youngil Kim, Hyung Il Eum

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Abstract

When selecting a subset of climate change scenarios (GCM models), the priority is to ensure that the subset reflects the comprehensive range of possible model results for all variables concerned. Though many studies have attempted to improve the scenario selection, there is a lack of studies that discuss methods to ensure that the results from a subset of climate models contain the same range of uncertainty in hydrologic variables as when all models are considered. We applied the Katsavounidis–Kuo–Zhang (KKZ) algorithm to select a subset of climate change scenarios and demonstrated its ability to reduce the number of GCM models in an ensemble, while the ranges of multiple climate extremes indices were preserved. First, we analyzed the role of 27 ETCCDI climate extremes indices for scenario selection and selected the representative climate extreme indices. Before the selection of a subset, we excluded a few deficient GCM models that could not represent the observed climate regime. Subsequently, we discovered that a subset of GCM models selected by the KKZ algorithm with the representative climate extreme indices could not capture the full potential range of changes in hydrologic extremes (e.g., 3-day peak flow and 7-day low flow) in some regional case studies. However, the application of the KKZ algorithm with a different set of climate indices, which are correlated to the hydrologic extremes, enabled the overcoming of this limitation. Key climate indices, dependent on the hydrologic extremes to be projected, must therefore be determined prior to the selection of a subset of GCM models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1595-1611
Number of pages17
JournalClimate Dynamics
Volume52
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Feb 2019

Keywords

  • Climate change scenarios
  • Climate extremes indices
  • Global circulation model
  • Katsavounidis–Kuo–Zhang algorithm
  • Scenario selection

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