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Estimating IDF-Relations consistently using a duration-dependent GEV with spatial covariates

Jana Ulrich, Madlen Peter, Oscar E. Jurado, and Henning W. Rust
Jana Ulrich et al.
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Meteorologie, Statistische Meteorologie, Berlin, Germany (

Intensity-Duration-Frequency (IDF) Curves are a popular tool in Hydrology for estimating the properties of extreme precipitation events. They describe the relationship between rainfall intensity and duration for a given non-exceedance probability (or frequency). For a site where precipitation measurements are available, these curves can be estimated consistently over durations using a duration-dependent GEV (d-GEV, after Koutsoyiannis et al. 1998). In this approach, the probability distributions are modeled simultaneously for all durations.

Additionally, we integrate covariates to describe the spatial variability of the d-GEV parameters so that we can model the distribution of extreme precipitation for a range of durations and locations in one step. Thus IDF Curves can be estimated even at ungauged sites. Further advantages are parameter reduction and more efficient use of the available data. We use the Quantile Skill Score to investigate under which conditions this method leads to an improved estimate compared to the single-site approach and to evaluate the performance at ungauged sites.

How to cite: Ulrich, J., Peter, M., Jurado, O. E., and Rust, H. W.: Estimating IDF-Relations consistently using a duration-dependent GEV with spatial covariates, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-18724,, 2020.


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