Statistical downscaling of rainfall data using sparse variable selection methods

Publication year: 2011
Source: Environmental Modelling & Software, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 14 June 2011

A., Phatak , B.C., Bates , S.P., Charles

In many statistical downscaling methods, atmospheric variables are chosen by using a combination of expert knowledge with empirical measures such as correlations and partial correlations. In this short communication, we describe the use of a fast, sparse variable selection method, known as RaVE, for selecting atmospheric predictors, and illustrate its use on rainfall occurrence at stations in South Australia. We show that RaVE generates parsimonious models that are both sensible and interpretable, and whose results compare favourably to those obtained by a non-homogeneous hidden Markov model (Hughes et al., 1999).