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Nonparametric catchment clustering using the data depth function.


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Singh, Shailesh Kumar; McMillan, Hilary; Bárdossy, András et Chebana, Fateh ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3329-8179 (2016). Nonparametric catchment clustering using the data depth function. Hydrological Sciences Journal , vol. 61 , nº 15. pp. 2649-2667. DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2016.1168927.

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The clustering of catchments is important for prediction in ungauged basins, model parameterization and watershed development and management. The aim of this study is to explore a new measure of similarity among catchments, using a data depth function and comparing it with catchment clustering indices based on flow and physical characteristics. A cluster analysis was performed for each similarity measure using the affinity propagation clustering algorithm. We evaluated the similarity measure based on depth–depth plots (DD-plots) as a basis for transferring parameter sets of a hydrological model between catchments. A case study was developed with 21 catchments in a diverse New Zealand region. Results show that clustering based on the depth–depth measure is dissimilar to clustering on catchment characteristics, flow, or flow indices. A hydrological model was calibrated for the 21 catchments and the transferability of model parameters among similar catchments was tested within and between clusters defined by each clustering method. The mean model performance for parameters transferred within a group always outperformed those from outside the group. The DD-plot based method was found to produce the best in-group performance and second-highest difference between in-group and out-group performance.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: DD-plot; catchment similarity; data depth; affinity propagation clustering
Centre: Centre Eau Terre Environnement
Date de dépôt: 27 nov. 2017 21:42
Dernière modification: 21 févr. 2022 17:25
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/6379

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