Hydrological frequency analysis of large-ensemble climate simulation data using control density as a statistical control

Daiwei Cheng, Keita Shimizu, Tomohito J. Yamada
Received 2021/05/18, Accepted 2021/08/21, Published 2021/11/23

Daiwei Cheng1), Keita Shimizu1), Tomohito J. Yamada2)

1) Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Japan
2) Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Japan

Uncertainty in hydrological statistics estimated with finite observations, such as design rainfall, can be quantified as a confidence interval using statistical theory. Ensemble climate data also enables derivation of a confidence interval. Recently, the database for policy decision making for future climate change (d4PDF) was developed in Japan, which contains dozens of simulated extreme rainfall events for the past and 60 years into the future, allowing the uncertainty of design rainfall to be quantified as a confidence interval. This study applies an order statistics distribution to evaluate uncertainty in the order statistics of extreme rainfall from the perspective of mathematical theory, while a confidence interval is used for uncertainty evaluation in the probability distribution itself. An advantage of the introduction of an order statistics distribution is that it can be used to quantify the goodness-of-fit between observation and ensemble climate data under the condition that the extreme value distribution estimated from observations is a true distribution. The order statistics distribution is called the control density distribution, which is derived from characteristics that order statistics from standard uniform distribution follows beta distribution. The overlap ratio of the control density distribution and frequency distributions derived from ensemble climate data is utilized for evaluation of the degree of goodness-of-fit for both data.

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