Articles | Volume 18, issue 11
Research article
17 Nov 2014
Research article |  | 17 Nov 2014

Spatial analysis of precipitation in a high-mountain region: exploring methods with multi-scale topographic predictors and circulation types

D. Masson and C. Frei

Related authors

Implementation and validation of a Wilks-type multi-site daily precipitation generator over a typical Alpine river catchment
D. E. Keller, A. M. Fischer, C. Frei, M. A. Liniger, C. Appenzeller, and R. Knutti
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 2163–2177,,, 2015

Related subject area

Subject: Hydrometeorology | Techniques and Approaches: Mathematical applications
Atmospheric water transport connectivity within and between ocean basins and land
Dipanjan Dey, Aitor Aldama Campino, and Kristofer Döös
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 27, 481–493,,, 2023
Short summary
Technical Note: Space–time statistical quality control of extreme precipitation observations
Abbas El Hachem, Jochen Seidel, Florian Imbery, Thomas Junghänel, and András Bárdossy
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 6137–6146,,, 2022
Short summary
The relative importance of antecedent soil moisture and precipitation in flood generation in the middle and lower Yangtze River basin
Qihua Ran, Jin Wang, Xiuxiu Chen, Lin Liu, Jiyu Li, and Sheng Ye
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 4919–4931,,, 2022
Short summary
Rainfall pattern analysis in 24 East Asian megacities using a complex network
Kyunghun Kim, Jaewon Jung, Hung Soo Kim, Masahiko Haraguchi, and Soojun Kim
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 4823–4836,,, 2022
Short summary
Comparison between canonical vine copulas and a meta-Gaussian model for forecasting agricultural drought over China
Haijiang Wu, Xiaoling Su, Vijay P. Singh, Te Zhang, Jixia Qi, and Shengzhi Huang
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 3847–3861,,, 2022
Short summary

Cited articles

Allamano, P., Claps, P., Laio, F., and Thea, C.: A data-based assessment of the dependence of short-duration precipitation on elevation, Phys. Chem. Earth, Parts A/B/C, 34, 635–641,, 2009.
Annoni, A., Luzet, C., Gubler, E., and Ihde, J.: Map projections for Europe, Inst. Environ. Sustain., (last access: May 2014), 2001.
Basist, A., Bell, G. D., and Meentemeyer, V.: Statistical relationships between topography and precipitation patterns, J. Climate, 7, 1305–1315,<1305:SRBTAP>2.0.CO;2, 1994.
Benichou, P. and Le Breton, O.: Prise en compte de la topographie pour la cartographie des champs pluviométriques, Agrométéorologie des Régions Moy Mont, 23–34, 1986.
Short summary
The question of how to utilize information from the physiography/topography in the spatial interpolation of rainfall is a long-standing discussion in the literature. In this study we test ideas that go beyond the approach in popular interpolation schemes today. The key message of our study is that these ideas can at best marginally improve interpolation accuracy, even in a region where a clear benefit would intuitively be expected.