Frequency analysis of rainfall data is essential in the design and modelling of hydrological systems but is often statistically limited by the total observation period. With advances in weather radar technology, frequency analysis of areal rainfall data is possible at a higher spatial resolution. Still, the observation periods are short relative to established rain gauge networks. A stochastic framework, “stochastic storm transposition” shows great promise in recreating rainfall statistics from radar rainfall products, similar to rain gauge-derived statistics. This study estimates intensity–duration–frequency (IDF) relationships at both point and urban catchment scales. We use the stochastic storm transposition framework and a single high-resolution, 17-year long (however, discontinuous), radar rainfall dataset. The IDF relations are directly compared to rain gauge statistics with more than 40 years of observation, and rainfall extremes derived from the original, and untransposed, radar dataset. An overall agreement is discovered, however, with some discrepancies in short-duration storms due to scaling errors between gauge and radar.
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- Extreme rainfall
- Radar rainfall
- Rainfall frequency analysis