In this paper, we investigate applicability of Bayesian model averaging (BMA) methodology to atmospheric dispersion multimodel ensemble system within the context of emergency response applications. The BMA method can be used both to evaluate model predictions and to combine model results using BMA weighing factors. We analyze time evolution of BMA weights and include a detailed quantitative comparison of different combinations of model results performed by the means of statistical indicators. The analysis allows us to identify similarities and differences among different combined models. Finally, we question the portability of BMA weights among various cases. From the analysis it follows that BMA can be applied in considered problems; however, the median of the model results also performs well and produces more conservative results.

Bayesian model averaging for emergency response atmospheric dispersion multimodel ensembles: Is it really better? How many data are needed? Are the weights portable?

RICCIO, Angelo;GIUNTA, Giulio
2010

Abstract

In this paper, we investigate applicability of Bayesian model averaging (BMA) methodology to atmospheric dispersion multimodel ensemble system within the context of emergency response applications. The BMA method can be used both to evaluate model predictions and to combine model results using BMA weighing factors. We analyze time evolution of BMA weights and include a detailed quantitative comparison of different combinations of model results performed by the means of statistical indicators. The analysis allows us to identify similarities and differences among different combined models. Finally, we question the portability of BMA weights among various cases. From the analysis it follows that BMA can be applied in considered problems; however, the median of the model results also performs well and produces more conservative results.
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