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Title: Trends and multidecadal oscillations in rainfall extremes, based on a more than 100-year time series of 10 min rainfall intensities at Uccle, Belgium
Authors: Ntegeka, Victor ×
Willems, Patrick #
Issue Date: Jul-2008
Publisher: Amer geophysical union
Series Title: Water Resources Research vol:44 issue:7 pages:-
Article number: W07402
Abstract: Investigation was made on whether the recent historical changes in frequency and amplitude of rainfall extremes can be considered statistically significant under the hypothesis of no trend or temporal clustering of rainfall extremes. The analysis was based on a 107-year time series of 10-min Peaks-Over-Threshold rainfall data obtained from the Uccle station in Belgium. Rainfall intensities were aggregated at levels ranging from 10 min to the monthly scale, and defined for different seasons and block lengths between 5 and 15 years using sliding windows. Perturbations in rainfall extremes were derived, which represent the empirical quantile changes. Significant deviations in rainfall quantiles were found, which persisted for periods of 10 to 15 years. In the winter and summer seasons, high extremes were clustered in the 1910s-1920s, the 1960s and recently in the 1990s. This temporal clustering highlights the difficulty of attributing ``change'' in climate series to anthropogenically induced global warming. Research in a variety of climate phenomena is essential for the attribution of changes in the climate.
ISSN: 0043-1397
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Department of Civil Engineering - miscellaneous
Hydraulics Section
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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