Comparison of parameters of the generalized extreme value distribution associated with extreme rainfall events in Central America

Keywords: extreme value distribution, rainfall, Central America, Pacific slope, Caribbean slope

Abstract

The generalized extreme value distribution (GEVD) was used to model extreme rainfall events in Central America for a period of 30 years, beginning in 1971. Data consisted of daily rainfall records of 103 meteorological stations located throughout the isthmus. Central America was divided into 3 regions: Pacific, Caribbean and an intermediate zone. A bootstrap hypothesis test was used to compare the parameters of location, scale and form of the 3 regions. The results of the study showed significant differences between the 3 regions, mainly in terms of location and scale parameters.

Author Biography

Luis R. Cid-Serrano, Universidad del Bío Bío
Sadly, Mr. Cid-Serrano passed away recently, prior to the publication of this article.

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Published
2020-01-31
How to Cite
Guillén-Oviedo, H., Cid-Serrano, L., & Alfaro-Martínez, E. (2020). Comparison of parameters of the generalized extreme value distribution associated with extreme rainfall events in Central America. Uniciencia, 34(1), 111-128. https://doi.org/10.15359/ru.34-1.7
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