International Journal of Information Engineering and Electronic Business(IJIEEB)

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IJIEEB Vol.6, No.4, Aug. 2014

Analysis of the Time Trends of Precipitation over Mediterranean Region

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Mourad Lazri, Soltane Ameur, Jean Michel Brucker

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Rainfall;Meteorological Radar;Markov Chain;Transition Probabilities


Time trends of precipitation in the north of Algeria from meteorological radar are analysed. A probabilistic approach presented here proposes to study the evolution of the rainfall phenomenon in two distinct study areas, one located in sea and other located in ground. A decision criterion is established and based on radar reflectivity in order to classify the precipitation events located in both areas. At each radar observation, a state of precipitation is classified, either convective (heavy precipitation) or stratiform (average precipitation) both for the "sea" and for the "ground". In all, a time series of precipitation composed of three states; no raining, stratiform precipitation and convective precipitation, is obtained for each of the two areas. Thereby, we studied and characterized the behavior of precipitation in time by a Markov chain of order one with three states. Transition probabilities are calculated. The results show that rainfall is well described by a Markov chain of order one with three states. Indeed, the stationary probabilities, which are calculated by using the Markovian model, and the actual probabilities are almost identical.

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Mourad Lazri, Soltane Ameur, Jean Michel Brucker,"Analysis of the Time Trends of Precipitation over Mediterranean Region", IJIEEB, vol.6, no.4, pp.38-44, 2014. DOI: 10.5815/ijieeb.2014.04.06


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