Show simple item record Varathan, N Perera, K Wikramanayake, N 2013-11-14T18:04:36Z 2013-11-14T18:04:36Z 2013-11-14
dc.description.abstract The occurrence of heavy rainfalls in Sri Lanka results in significant damage to agriculture, ecology, infrastructure systems, disruption of human activities, injuries and the loss of life. The modelling of extreme rainfall has to be developed to manage the natural resources and the built environment to face the impacts of climate change. The main goal of this study is to find the best fitting distribution to the extreme daily rainfalls measured over the Colombo region for the years 1900-2009 by using the maximum likelihood approach. The study also predicts the extreme rainfalls for return periods and their confidence bands. In this study extreme rainfall events are defined by two different methods based on (1) the annual maximums of the daily rainfalls and (2) the daily rainfalls exceeds some specific threshold value. The Generalized Extreme Value distribution and the Generalized Pareto distribution are fitted to data corresponding to the methods 1 and 2 to describe the extremes of rainfall and to predict its future behaviour. Finally we find the evidence to suggest that the Gumbel distribution provides the most appropriate model for the annual maximums of daily rainfall and the Exponential distribution gives the reasonable model for the daily rainfall data over the threshold value of 100mm for the Colombo location. We derive estimates of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 years return levels and its corresponding confidence intervals for extreme daily rainfalls. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Annual maximum en_US
dc.subject Threshold value en_US
dc.subject Generalized Extreme Value distribution en_US
dc.subject Pareto distribution en_US
dc.subject Maximum likelihood estimation en_US
dc.title Statistical modeling of daily extreme rainfall in Colombo en_US
dc.type Conference-Full-text en_US
dc.identifier.year 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.conference International Conference on Sustainable Built Environments 2010 en_US Earl's Regency Hotel, Kandy. en_US
dc.identifier.proceeding Sustainable Built Environments en_US en_US en_US en_US

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