Development and Assessment of High-Resolution Radar-Based Precipitation Intensity-Duration-Curve (IDF) Curves for the State of Texas




Ghebreyesus, Dawit T.
Sharif, Hatim O.

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Conventionally, in situ rainfall data are used to develop Intensity Duration Frequency (IDF) curves, which are one of the most effective tools for modeling the probability of the occurrence of extreme storm events at different timescales. The rapid recent technological advancements in precipitation sensing, and the finer spatio-temporal resolution of data have made the application of remotely sensed precipitation products more dominant in the field of hydrology. Some recent studies have discussed the potential of remote sensing products for developing IDF curves. This study employs a 19-year NEXRAD Stage-IV high-resolution radar data (2002–2020) to develop IDF curves over the entire state of Texas at a fine spatial resolution. The Annual Maximum Series (AMS) were fitted to four widely used theoretical Extreme Value statistical distributions. Gumble distribution, a unique scenario of the Generalized Extreme Values (GEV) family, was found to be the best model for more than 70% of the state’s area for all storm durations. Validation of the developed IDFs against the operational Atlas 14 IDF values shows a ±27% difference in over 95% of the state for all storm durations. The median of the difference stays between −10% and +10% for all storm durations and for all return periods in the range of (2–100) years. The mean difference ranges from −5% for the 100-year return period to 8% for the 10-year return period for the 24-h storm. Generally, the western and northern regions of the state show an overestimation, while the southern and southcentral regions show an underestimation of the published values.



IDF, NEXRAD Stage-IV, Texas, precipitation frequency


Remote Sensing 13 (15): 2890 (2021)


Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Construction Management