Simulation of 6-hourly rainfall and temperature by two resampling schemes

R. Wójcik, T.A. Buishand

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The joint simulation of time series of 6-hourly precipitation and temperature using nearest-neighbour resampling is studied for Maastricht, the Netherlands. Two resampling schemes are considered: (i) straightforward resampling of 6-hourly values, and (ii) resampling of daily values followed by disaggregation into 6-hourly values using the method of fragments. Second-order statistics of the simulated values are compared with those in the observed data. It appeared that straightforward resampling of 6-hourly values does not adequately preserve the slow decay of the autocorrelation functions of precipitation and temperature. As a result the standard deviations of the monthly precipitation totals and monthly average temperature are strongly underestimated. A negative bias also shows up in the quantiles of the multi-day seasonal maximum precipitation amounts. The autocorrelation coefficients and the standard deviations of the monthly values are much better reproduced if the daily values are generated first. A good correspondence between the historical and simulated distributions of the seasonal maximum precipitation amounts is also achieved with this alternative resampling scheme. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-80
JournalJournal of Hydrology
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • precipitation
  • rain
  • air temperature
  • stochastic models
  • netherlands
  • daily precipitation
  • rhine basin
  • model
  • series

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