J. Space Weather Space Clim.
Volume 7, 2017
|Number of page(s)
|24 August 2017
Verification of operational solar flare forecast: Case of Regional Warning Center Japan
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Tokyo
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 20 July 2017
In this article, we discuss a verification study of an operational solar flare forecast in the Regional Warning Center (RWC) Japan. The RWC Japan has been issuing four-categorical deterministic solar flare forecasts for a long time. In this forecast verification study, we used solar flare forecast data accumulated over 16 years (from 2000 to 2015). We compiled the forecast data together with solar flare data obtained with the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES). Using the compiled data sets, we estimated some conventional scalar verification measures with 95% confidence intervals. We also estimated a multi-categorical scalar verification measure. These scalar verification measures were compared with those obtained by the persistence method and recurrence method. As solar activity varied during the 16 years, we also applied verification analyses to four subsets of forecast-observation pair data with different solar activity levels. We cannot conclude definitely that there are significant performance differences between the forecasts of RWC Japan and the persistence method, although a slightly significant difference is found for some event definitions. We propose to use a scalar verification measure to assess the judgment skill of the operational solar flare forecast. Finally, we propose a verification strategy for deterministic operational solar flare forecasting. For dichotomous forecast, a set of proposed verification measures is a frequency bias for bias, proportion correct and critical success index for accuracy, probability of detection for discrimination, false alarm ratio for reliability, Peirce skill score for forecast skill, and symmetric extremal dependence index for association. For multi-categorical forecast, we propose a set of verification measures as marginal distributions of forecast and observation for bias, proportion correct for accuracy, correlation coefficient and joint probability distribution for association, the likelihood distribution for discrimination, the calibration distribution for reliability and resolution, and the Gandin-Murphy-Gerrity score and judgment skill score for skill.
Key words: Solar flare / Multi-categorical forecast / Forecast verification / Confidence interval
© Y. Kubo et al., Published by EDP Sciences 2017
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