Articles | Volume 13, issue 1
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 41–55, 2009
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-13-41-2009
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 41–55, 2009
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-13-41-2009

  23 Jan 2009

23 Jan 2009

Sensitivity analysis of Takagi-Sugeno-Kang rainfall-runoff fuzzy models

A. P. Jacquin1 and A. Y. Shamseldin2 A. P. Jacquin and A. Y. Shamseldin
  • 1Departamento de Obras Civiles, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Casilla 110-V, Valparaíso, Chile
  • 2Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand

Abstract. This paper is concerned with the sensitivity analysis of the model parameters of the Takagi-Sugeno-Kang fuzzy rainfall-runoff models previously developed by the authors. These models are classified in two types of fuzzy models, where the first type is intended to account for the effect of changes in catchment wetness and the second type incorporates seasonality as a source of non-linearity. The sensitivity analysis is performed using two global sensitivity analysis methods, namely Regional Sensitivity Analysis and Sobol's variance decomposition. The data of six catchments from different geographical locations and sizes are used in the sensitivity analysis. The sensitivity of the model parameters is analysed in terms of several measures of goodness of fit, assessing the model performance from different points of view. These measures include the Nash-Sutcliffe criteria, volumetric errors and peak errors. The results show that the sensitivity of the model parameters depends on both the catchment type and the measure used to assess the model performance.