Comparison of Flood Frequency Analysis Methods for Ungauged Catchments in France
AbstractThe objective of flood frequency analysis (FFA) is to associate flood intensity with a probability of exceedance. Many methods are currently employed for this, ranging from statistical distribution fitting to simulation approaches. In many cases the site of interest is actually ungauged, and a regionalisation scheme has to be associated with the FFA method, leading to a multiplication of the number of possible methods available. This paper presents the results of a wide-range comparison of FFA methods from statistical and simulation families associated with different regionalisation schemes based on regression, or spatial or physical proximity. The methods are applied to a set of 1535 French catchments, and a k-fold cross-validation procedure is used to consider the ungauged configuration. The results suggest that FFA from the statistical family largely relies on the regionalisation step, whereas the simulation-based method is more stable regarding regionalisation. This conclusion emphasises the difficulty of the regionalisation process. The results are also contrasted depending on the type of climate: the Mediterranean catchments tend to aggravate the differences between the methods. View Full-Text
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Odry, J.; Arnaud, P. Comparison of Flood Frequency Analysis Methods for Ungauged Catchments in France. Geosciences 2017, 7, 88.
Odry J, Arnaud P. Comparison of Flood Frequency Analysis Methods for Ungauged Catchments in France. Geosciences. 2017; 7(3):88.Chicago/Turabian Style
Odry, Jean; Arnaud, Patrick. 2017. "Comparison of Flood Frequency Analysis Methods for Ungauged Catchments in France." Geosciences 7, no. 3: 88.