Scientific paper: Bluecat: A Local Uncertainty Estimator for Deterministic Simulations and Predictions

The paper "Bluecat: A Local Uncertainty Estimator for Deterministic Simulations and Predictions" has been accepted for publication in Water Resources Research.

The plain language abstract reads as:

We present a new method for simulating and predicting hydrologic variables and in particular river flows, which is rooted in the probability theory and conceived in order to provide a reliable quantification of its uncertainty for operational applications. In fact, recent practical experience during extreme events has shown that simulation and prediction uncertainty is essential information for decision makers and the public. A reliable and transparent uncertainty assessment has also been shown to be essential to gain public and institutional trust in real science. Our approach, which we term with the acronym “Bluecat”, results from a theoretical and numerical development, and is conceived to make a transparent and intuitive use of the observations which in turn mirror the observed reality. Therefore, Bluecat makes use of a rigorous theory while at the same time proofing the concept that environmental resources should be managed by making the best use of empirical evidence and experience. We provide an open and user friendly software to apply the method to the simulation and prediction of river flows and test Bluecat’s reliability for operational applications.

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