Quick links to forecast products: f29 (reference), f31, f22.
Among the capabilities of the Virtual Columbia River are daily forecasts of 4D (space-time) circulation. The primary goal of these forecasts is to assist near real-time planning and interpretation of scientific field campaigns. Domain, length of simulation and timing of execution vary with the actual forecast -- as does forecast skill.
Forecasts are maintained and evaluated year-round, in part to allow the continuous assessment and enhancement of their prediction skill, and in part as a service to the scientific community and educators. During campaigns, and upon request, a land-based modeling team operates in support of chief scientists aboard vessels. Support includes guidance in the use and interpretation of forecasts, product customization and in-depth assessment of skill.