General session on surface water
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 68, Issue 34, pages 717–718, 25 August 1987
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1987), General session on surface water, Eos Trans. AGU, 68(34), 717–718, doi:10.1029/EO068i034p00717.(
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The AGU Hydrology Section's General Surface Water session at the 1987 Fall Meeting was varied in scope. It started with a paper by L. Chiu (Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.) and B. Kedem (University of Maryland, College Park) on estimation of the average rainfall rate over an area. The authors proposed a mixed distribution model specified by three parameters that give the probability of rain and the distribution of the rainy portion. They found that the GATE (GARP Atlantic Tropical Experiment, where GARP is Global Atmospheric Research Program) rainfall data followed a lognormal distribution during rainfall events. The three parameters of the model were observed to vary as the averaging area increased. When large averaging was done on the GATE data, the distribution became more skewed, with the lognormal distribution providing a good fit.