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Cook et al. 2021, in press

Cook, B.I, K. Slinski, C. Peters-Lidard, A. McNally, K. Arsenault, and A. Hazra, 2021: The efficacy of seasonal terrestrial water storage forecasts for predicting vegetation activity over Africa. J. Hydrometeorol., in press, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-21-0046.1.

Terrestrial water storage (TWS) provides important information on terrestrial hydroclimate and may have value for seasonal forecasting because of its strong persistence. We use the NASA Hydrological Forecast and Analysis System (NHyFAS) to investigate TWS forecast skill over Africa and assess its value for predicting vegetation activity from satellite estimates of leaf area index (LAI). Forecast skill is high over East and Southern Africa, extending up to 3-6 months in some cases, with more modest skill over West Africa. Highest skill generally occurs during the dry season or beginning of the wet season when TWS anomalies from the previous wet season are most likely to carry forward in time. In East Africa, this occurs prior to and during the transition into the spring "Long Rains" from January-March, while in Southern Africa this period of highest skill starts at the beginning of the dry season in April and extends through to the start of the wet season in October. TWS is highly and positively correlated with LAI, and a logistic regression model shows high cross-validation skill in predicting above or below normal LAI using TWS. Combining the LAI regression model with the NHyFAS forecasts, 1-month lead LAI predictions have high accuracy over East and Southern Africa, with reduced but significant skill at 3-month leads over smaller sub-regions. This highlights the potential value of TWS as an additional source of information for seasonal forecasts over Africa, with direct applications to some of the most vulnerable agricultural regions on the continent.

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@unpublished{co05210v,
  author={Cook, B. I and Slinski, K. and Peters-Lidard, C. and McNally, A. and Arsenault, K. and Hazra, A.},
  title={The efficacy of seasonal terrestrial water storage forecasts for predicting vegetation activity over Africa},
  year={2021},
  journal={J. Hydrometeorol.},
  doi={10.1175/JHM-D-21-0046.1},
  note={Manuscript accepted for publication}
}

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TY  - INPR
ID  - co05210v
AU  - Cook, B. I
AU  - Slinski, K.
AU  - Peters-Lidard, C.
AU  - McNally, A.
AU  - Arsenault, K.
AU  - Hazra, A.
PY  - 2021
TI  - The efficacy of seasonal terrestrial water storage forecasts for predicting vegetation activity over Africa
JA  - J. Hydrometeorol.
DO  - 10.1175/JHM-D-21-0046.1
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