foreSIGHT: Systems Insights from Generation of Hydroclimatic Timeseries

A tool to create hydroclimate scenarios, stress test systems and visualize system performance in scenario-neutral climate change impact assessments. Scenario-neutral approaches 'stress-test' the performance of a modelled system by applying a wide range of plausible hydroclimate conditions (see Brown & Wilby (2012) <doi:10.1029/2012EO410001> and Prudhomme et al. (2010) <doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2010.06.043>). These approaches allow the identification of hydroclimatic variables that affect the vulnerability of a system to hydroclimate variation and change. This tool enables the generation of perturbed time series using a range of approaches including simple scaling of observed time series (e.g. Culley et al. (2016) <doi:10.1002/2015WR018253>) and stochastic simulation of perturbed time series via an inverse approach (see Guo et al. (2018) <doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.03.025>). It incorporates a number of stochastic weather models to generate hydroclimate variables on a daily basis (e.g. precipitation, temperature, potential evapotranspiration) and allows a variety of different hydroclimate variable properties, herein called attributes, to be perturbed. Options are included for the easy integration of existing system models both internally in R and externally for seamless 'stress-testing'. A suite of visualization options for the results of a scenario-neutral analysis (e.g. plotting performance spaces and overlaying climate projection information) are also included. As further developments in scenario-neutral approaches occur the tool will be updated to incorporate these advances.

Version: 0.9.2
Depends: R (≥ 3.3.0), GA (≥ 3.0.2), zoo
Imports: doParallel, ggplot2 (≥ 2.1.0), directlabels, cowplot, stats, graphics, grDevices, utils, moments
Suggests: knitr (≥ 1.8)
Published: 2018-03-09
Author: Bree Bennett ORCID iD [aut, cre], Sam Culley ORCID iD [aut], Seth Westra ORCID iD [aut], Danlu Guo ORCID iD [ctb], Holger Maier ORCID iD [ths]
Maintainer: Bree Bennett <bree.bennett at>
License: GPL-3
NeedsCompilation: no
Materials: NEWS
CRAN checks: foreSIGHT results


Reference manual: foreSIGHT.pdf
Vignettes: foreSIGHT - an introductory tutorial in scenario-neutral climate impact assessment
Package source: foreSIGHT_0.9.2.tar.gz
Windows binaries: r-devel:, r-release:, r-oldrel:
OS X binaries: r-release: foreSIGHT_0.9.2.tgz, r-oldrel: foreSIGHT_0.9.2.tgz


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