Articles | Volume 10, issue 6
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 10, 807–815, 2006
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-10-807-2006
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 10, 807–815, 2006
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-10-807-2006

  30 Oct 2006

30 Oct 2006

Modelling of monsoon rainfall for a mesoscale catchment in North-West India II: stochastic rainfall simulations

E. Zehe1, A. K. Singh2, and A. Bárdossy3 E. Zehe et al.
  • 1Institute of Geoecology, University of Potsdam, Germany
  • 2Civil Engineering Department, Nirma University of Science {&} Technology (NU) Ahmedabad – 382 481, India
  • 3Institute of Hydraulic Engineering, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Abstract. Within this study we present a robust method for generating precipitation time series for the Anas catchment in North Western India. The method employs a multivariate stochastic simulation model that is driven by a time series of objectively classified circulation patterns (CPs). In a companion study (Zehe et al., 2006) it was already shown that CPs classified from the 500 or 700 Hpa levels are suitable to explain space-time variability of precipitation in that area. The model is calibrated using observed rainfall time series for the period 1985–1992 for two different CP time series, one from the 500 Hpa level and the over from the 700 Hpa level, and 200 realizations of daily rainfall are simulated for the period 85–94. Simulations using the CPs from the 500 Hpa level as input yield a good match of the observed averages and standard deviations of daily rainfall. They show furthermore good performance at the monthly scale. When used with the 700 Hpa level CPs as inputs the model clearly underestimates the standard deviation and performs much worse at the monthly scale, especially in the validation period 93–94. The presented results give evidence that CPs from the 500 Hpa, level in combination with a multivariate stochastic model, make up a suitable tool for reducing the sparsity of precipitation data in developing regions with sparse hydro-meteorological data sets.