Storm resampling for uncertainty analysis of a multiple-storm unit hydrograph

Bing Zhao*, Yeou-Koung Tung, Keh-Chia Yeh, Jinn Chuan Yang

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Due to various types of uncertainties involved in the estimation of a unit hydrograph (UH), the UH derived by any method is subject to uncertainties. Based on the concept of the bootstrap resampling technique, a practical methodology called storm resampling is proposed to quantify the uncertainties of multiple-storm UH ordinates and any parameters involved in the estimation of the multiple-storm UH. The important UH ordinates and parameters may include UH peak discharge. UH time-to-peak, UH volume, condition number related to the effective rainfall matrix, mean square error of the UH, and ridge parameter. The proposed bootstrap-based storm resampling technique, along with the least squares and ridge least squares solution techniques, is applied to typhoon storm events over a watershed in Taiwan. The methodology can be applied to other UH solution techniques and other hydrological and hydraulic simulation/optimization models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-384
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Hydrology
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - 1 Jul 1997

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