A new paper has been published in Hydrology and is now online.
Title: Weekly Monitoring and Forecasting of Hydropower Production Coupling Meteo-Hydrological Modeling with Ground and Satellite Data in the Italian Alps
This paper presents a system for supporting hydropower production on mountainous areas. The system couples the outputs of a numerical weather prediction model and a snow melting and accumulation temperature-based model. Several procedures are presented for interpolating meteorological variables and calibrating and validating model parameters that can be generalized to any other mountainous area where the estimation of current and forecasted snow water equivalent and melting amount is required. The system reliability has been assessed through the validation of three components: spatial interpolation of meteorological data, mathematical modeling, and quantitative meteorological forecast. The results show that good accuracy of meteorological data spatial interpolation can be achieved when the data from snow gauges are used for assessing the precipitation lapse rate at higher altitudes, and the temperature lapse rate is computed from data at each time step. The temperature-based hydrological model proved to be effective in simulating lake inflow water volume and energy production. No clear result has been found for snow melt forecast due to the difficulties in providing reliable quantitative weather forecast in complex alpine area.
Weekly Monitoring and Forecasting of Hydropower Production Coupling Meteo-Hydrological Modeling with Ground and Satellite Data in the Italian Alps by Giovanni Ravazzani is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.