Appropriate Spatial Sampling of Rainfall or Flow Simulation

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Dong, Xiaohua and Dohmen-Janssen, C. Marjolein and Booij, Martijn J. (2005) Appropriate Spatial Sampling of Rainfall or Flow Simulation. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 50 (2). pp. 279-297. ISSN 0262-6667

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Abstract:The objective of this study is to find the appropriate number and location of raingauges for a river basin for flow simulation by using statistical analyses and hydrological modelling. First, a statistical method is used to identify the appropriate number of raingauges. Herein the effect of the number of raingauges on the cross-correlation coefficient between areally averaged rainfall and discharge is investigated. Second, a lumped HBV model is used to investigate the effect of the number of raingauges on hydrological modelling performance. The Qingjiang River basin with 26 raingauges in China is used for a case study. The results show that both cross-correlation coefficient and modelling performance increase hyperbolically, and level off after five raingauges (therefore identified to be the appropriate number of rain-gauges) for this basin. The geographical locations of raingauges which give the best and worst hydrological modelling performance are identified, which shows that there is a strong dependence on the local geographical and climatic patterns.
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Copyright:© 2005 IAHS Press
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Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1623/hysj.50.2.279.61801
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