Intensification of heavy precipitation as discussed in climate change studies has become a public concern, but it has not yet been examined well with observed data, particularly with data at short temporal scale like hourly and sub-hourly data. The original data set was retrieved by using an automated recovery approach. We chose four stations, namely, Vercelli (since 1927), Bra (since 1933), Lombriasco (since 1939) and Pallanza (since 1950) which are located in the northwest of Italy. We assessed trends for durations from 5 min to 12 h in seasonal, annual maxima, and number and magnitude of exceedances of the 95th percentile. Split sample tests have been undertaken to assess differences in quantile estimates derived using a Generalised Pareto distribution fitted to Peaks-Over-Threshold series. The statistical analyses performed include parametric and non-parametric tests. Mostly, we cannot reject the trend stationarity hypothesis. There is no uniform trend on extreme events in the whole area. However, some trends are evident and significant for specific stations and specific indices. Specifically, it is obvious that extreme rainfall events have risen in the last 20 years only for short durations.
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|Titolo:||Assessment of Trends in Extreme Precipitation Events: A Case Study in Piedmont (North-West Italy)|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Tipologia:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|