TY - JOUR

T1 - A Bayesian analysis of nonstationary generalized extreme value distribution of annual spring discharge minima

AU - Hao, Yonghong

AU - Huo, Xueli

AU - Duan, Qingyun

AU - Liu, Youcun

AU - Fan, Yonghui

AU - Liu, Yan

AU - Yeh, Tian Chyi Jim

N1 - Funding Information:
This work is partially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China 41272245, 41001006, 40972165, and 40572150, Tianjin Normal University Doctor Foundation of China 52XB1205, and Opening Fund of Tianjin Key Laboratory of Water Resources and Environment 52XS1015. Our gratitude is also extended to two anonymous reviewers for their efforts in reviewing the manuscript and their very encouraging, insightful, and constructive comments.
Publisher Copyright:
© 2014, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

PY - 2015/3

Y1 - 2015/3

N2 - In many areas throughout the world, extensive groundwater pumping has facilitated significant social development and economic growth, but has typically resulted in a decrease in groundwater level and a decline and change in spring discharge. The declining trend and changing seasonality of spring discharge lead to nonstationarity in hydrological processes. When we apply the generalized extreme value distribution to karst spring discharge, several assumptions including independence, identical distribution, and stationarity must be met. To investigate the response of spring discharge to extensive groundwater development and extreme climate change, a nonstationary generalized extreme value (NSGEV) model is proposed by assuming the location parameter to be the sum of a linear and a periodic temporal function to describe the declining trend and seasonality of spring discharge. Bayes’ theorem treats parameters as random variables and provides ways to convert the prior distribution of parameters into a posterior distribution. Statistical inferences based on posterior distribution can provide a more comprehensive representation of the parameters. In this paper we use Markov Chain Monte Carlo method, which can solve high-dimensional integral computation in the Bayes equation, to estimate the parameters of NSGEV model. Then the NSGEV model was used to calculate the distribution of minimum discharge values of Niangziguan Springs in North China. The results show that NSGEV model is able to represent the distribution of minimum values and to predict the cessation time of Niangziguan Springs discharge with two controllable variables: time and return period. With a 100-year return level, flow cessation of Niangziguan Springs would occur in April 2022. Moreover, the probability of Niangziguan Springs discharge cessation is 1/27 in 2025, and 1/19 in 2030. This implies that the probability of Niangziguan Springs cessation will increase dramatically with time.

AB - In many areas throughout the world, extensive groundwater pumping has facilitated significant social development and economic growth, but has typically resulted in a decrease in groundwater level and a decline and change in spring discharge. The declining trend and changing seasonality of spring discharge lead to nonstationarity in hydrological processes. When we apply the generalized extreme value distribution to karst spring discharge, several assumptions including independence, identical distribution, and stationarity must be met. To investigate the response of spring discharge to extensive groundwater development and extreme climate change, a nonstationary generalized extreme value (NSGEV) model is proposed by assuming the location parameter to be the sum of a linear and a periodic temporal function to describe the declining trend and seasonality of spring discharge. Bayes’ theorem treats parameters as random variables and provides ways to convert the prior distribution of parameters into a posterior distribution. Statistical inferences based on posterior distribution can provide a more comprehensive representation of the parameters. In this paper we use Markov Chain Monte Carlo method, which can solve high-dimensional integral computation in the Bayes equation, to estimate the parameters of NSGEV model. Then the NSGEV model was used to calculate the distribution of minimum discharge values of Niangziguan Springs in North China. The results show that NSGEV model is able to represent the distribution of minimum values and to predict the cessation time of Niangziguan Springs discharge with two controllable variables: time and return period. With a 100-year return level, flow cessation of Niangziguan Springs would occur in April 2022. Moreover, the probability of Niangziguan Springs discharge cessation is 1/27 in 2025, and 1/19 in 2030. This implies that the probability of Niangziguan Springs cessation will increase dramatically with time.

KW - Karst spring

KW - Markov Chain Monte Carlo simulation

KW - Niangziguan Springs

KW - Nonstationary extreme value model

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U2 - 10.1007/s12665-014-3552-7

DO - 10.1007/s12665-014-3552-7

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84922836147

SN - 1866-6280

VL - 73

SP - 2031

EP - 2045

JO - Environmental Geology and Water Sciences

JF - Environmental Geology and Water Sciences

IS - 5

ER -