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Regional Frequency Analysis at Ungauged Sites with the Generalized Additive Model.


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Chebana, Fateh, Charron, Christian, Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. et Martel, Barbara (2014). Regional Frequency Analysis at Ungauged Sites with the Generalized Additive Model. Journal of Hydrometeorology , vol. 15 , nº 6. p. 2418-2428. DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-14-0060.1.

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AbstractThe log-linear regression model is one of the most commonly used models to estimate flood quantiles at ungauged sites within the regional frequency analysis (RFA) framework. However, hydrological processes are naturally complex in several aspects including nonlinearity. The aim of the present paper is to take into account this nonlinearity by introducing the generalized additive model (GAM) in the estimation step of RFA. A neighbourhood approach using canonical correlation analysis (CCA) is used to delineate homogenous regions. GAMs possess a number of advantages such as flexibility in shapes of the relationships as well as the distribution of the output variable. The regional model is applied on a dataset of 151 hydrometrical stations located in the province of Québec, Canada. A stepwise procedure is employed to select the appropriate physio-meteorological variables. A comparison is performed based on different elements (regional model, variable selection and delineation). Results indicate that models using GAM outperform models using the log-linear regression as well as other methods applied to this dataset. In addition, GAM is flexible and allows including and showing non linear effects of explanatory variables, in particular basin area effect (scale). Another finding is the reduced effect of CCA delineation when combined with GAM.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: ocean circulation; regression analysis; risk assessment; statistical techniques; statistics; flood events
Centre: Centre Eau Terre Environnement
Date de dépôt: 13 déc. 2016 21:01
Dernière modification: 09 oct. 2018 15:34
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/3555

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