6. Conclusions and Plans
The current version of FlowCast (Version 4.02) is the first version that has undergone the refinement and bulletproofing required for release it to external users. It will be made available to selected users upon written request, with limited support provided. It is not recommended for users without sound background knowledge in climate science, due the potential to misinterpret and misuse results. Its use is most suited to a systems modeling post-processing role, and even to analyse downscaled GCM outputs. It is unlikely that FlowCast will ever be used by large meteorological organizations to produce operational forecasts. However it may be suitable for smaller meteorological organizations in developing countries to provide their own seasonal prediction services for climate sensitive industries.
It is expected that future versions of FlowCast will focus on usability issues such as support of more data formats, and enhanced documentation and electronic tutorials. Some structural improvements have also been planned including multi-core processing and external storage of spatial analysis results. Several new skill-testing algorithms may also be incorporated in line with World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) specifications for forecast verification.