Articles | Volume 23, issue 7
Research article
08 Jul 2019
Research article |  | 08 Jul 2019

Assessment of spatial uncertainty of heavy rainfall at catchment scale using a dense gauge network

Sungmin O and Ulrich Foelsche

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We analyze heavy local rainfall to address questions regarding the spatial uncertainty due to the approximation of areal rainfall using point measurements. Ten years of rainfall data from a dense network of 150 rain gauges in southeastern Austria are employed, which permits robust examination of small-scale rainfall at various horizontal resolutions. Quantitative uncertainty information from the study can guide both data users and producers to estimate uncertainty in their own rainfall dataset.