Statistical downscaling of the General Circulation Model (GCM) simulations are widely used for accessing climate changes in the future at different spatiotemporal scales. This study proposes a novel Statistical Downscaling (SD) model established on the Convolutional Long Short-Term Memory (ConvLSTM) Network. The methodology is applied to obtain future projection of rainfall at 0.25° spatial resolution over the Indian sub-continental region. The traditional multisite downscaling models typically perform downscaling on a single homogeneous rainfall zone, predicting rainfall at only one grid point in a single model run. The proposed model captures spatiotemporal dependencies in multisite local rainfall and predicts rainfall for the entire zone in a single model run. The study proposes a Shared ConvLSTM model providing a single end-to-end supervised model for predicting the future precipitation for entire India. The model captures the regional variability in rainfall better than a region-wise trained model. The projected future rainfall for different scenarios of climate change reveals an overall increase in the rainfall mean and spatially non-uniform changes in future rainfall extremes over India. The results highlight the importance of conducting in-depth hydrologic studies for different river basins of the country for future water availability assessment and making water resource policies.

  • Statistical downscaling with superior predictive capabilities.

  • Assessment of four different statistical downscaling techniques.

  • Coverage of entire Indian land mass at finer spatial and temporal scales.

  • Capability to capture spatial non-homogeneity around India.

  • Best capturing of the extreme events and distribution of daily precipitation around India.

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