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Hydrology and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 2, 19-30, 1998
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31 Mar 1998
Evaluation of a scaling cascade model for temporal rain- fall disaggregation
J. Olsson Department of Water Resources Engineering, Lund University, Box 118, SE–22100 Lund, Sweden.
Currently at: Department of Civil Engineering, Kyushu University, 6–10–1 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8581, Japan.
Abstract. The possibility of modelling the temporal structure of rainfall in southern Sweden by a simple cascade model is tested. The cascade model is based on exact conservation of rainfall volume and has a branching number of 2. The weights associated with one branching are 1 and 0 with probability P(1/0), 0 and 1 with P(0/1), and Wx/x, and 1 - Wx/x, 0 < Wx/x, < 1, with P(x/x), where Wx/x is associated with a theoretical probability distribution. Furthermore, the probabilities p are assumed to depend on two characteristics of the rainy time period (wet box) to be branched: rainfall volume and position in the rainfall sequence. In the first step, analyses of 2 years of 8-min data indicates that the model is applicable between approximately 1 hour and 1 week with approximately uniformly distributed Wx/x values. The probabilities P show a clear dependence on the box characteristics and a slight seasonal nonstationarity. In the second step, the model is used to disaggregate the time series from 17- to 1-hour resolution. The model-generated data reproduce well the ratio between rainy and nonrainy periods and the distribution of individual volumes. Event volumes, event durations, and dry period lengths are fairly well reproduced, but somewhat underestimated, as was the autocorrelation. From analyses of power spectrum and statistical moments the model preserves the scaling behaviour of the data. The results demonstrate the potential of scaling-based approaches in hydrological applications involving rainfall disaggregation.

Citation: Olsson, J.: Evaluation of a scaling cascade model for temporal rain- fall disaggregation, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 2, 19-30,, 1998.
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