What is it about?

The use of fractal properties (simple scaling) of extreme rainfall in Madrid (Spain) has been investigated to develop an intensity-duration-frequency (IDF) master equation and to estimate the probable maximum precipitation (PMP) in the city. An enveloping curve of the statistical PMP frequency factor vs. mean daily rainfall for the Iberian Peninsula has been developed also.

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Why is it important?

IDF curves and PMP estimates are both important tools for the risk analysis of natural hazards and hydrological design. From the enveloping curve presented in the article, one could estimate suitable values of PMP at any point of the Iberian Peninsula from basic statistical parameters (mean and standard deviation) of its rainfall series.

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This page is a summary of: On the consideration of scaling properties of extreme rainfall in Madrid (Spain) for developing a generalized intensity-duration-frequency equation and assessing probable maximum precipitation estimates, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, November 2016, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/s00704-016-1998-0.
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