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Ranking of global climate models for India using multicriterion analysis

Raju, Srinivasa K and Kumar, Nagesh D (2014) Ranking of global climate models for India using multicriterion analysis. In: CLIMATE RESEARCH, 60 (2). pp. 103-117.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.3354/cr01222


Eleven GCMs (BCCR-BCCM2.0, INGV-ECHAM4, GFDL2.0, GFDL2.1, GISS, IPSL-CM4, MIROC3, MRI-CGCM2, NCAR-PCMI, UKMO-HADCM3 and UKMO-HADGEM1) were evaluated for India (covering 73 grid points of 2.5 degrees x 2.5 degrees) for the climate variable `precipitation rate' using 5 performance indicators. Performance indicators used were the correlation coefficient, normalised root mean square error, absolute normalised mean bias error, average absolute relative error and skill score. We used a nested bias correction methodology to remove the systematic biases in GCM simulations. The Entropy method was employed to obtain weights of these 5 indicators. Ranks of the 11 GCMs were obtained through a multicriterion decision-making outranking method, PROMETHEE-2 (Preference Ranking Organisation Method of Enrichment Evaluation). An equal weight scenario (assigning 0.2 weight for each indicator) was also used to rank the GCMs. An effort was also made to rank GCMs for 4 river basins (Godavari, Krishna, Mahanadi and Cauvery) in peninsular India. The upper Malaprabha catchment in Karnataka, India, was chosen to demonstrate the Entropy and PROMETHEE-2 methods. The Spearman rank correlation coefficient was employed to assess the association between the ranking patterns. Our results suggest that the ensemble of GFDL2.0, MIROC3, BCCR-BCCM2.0, UKMO-HADCM3, MPIECHAM4 and UKMO-HADGEM1 is suitable for India. The methodology proposed can be extended to rank GCMs for any selected region.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the INTER-RESEARCH, NORDBUNTE 23, D-21385 OLDENDORF LUHE, GERMANY
Keywords: Entropy; Performance indicators; PROMETHEE-2; River basin
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Earth Sciences
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2014 10:51
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2014 10:51
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/49741

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