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Geoscientific Model Development An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
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25 Jan 2018
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This discussion paper is a preprint. A revision of this manuscript was accepted for the journal Geoscientific Model Development (GMD) and is expected to appear here in due course.
The design, deployment and testing of Kriging models in GEOframe
Marialaura Bancheri1, Francesco Serafin1, Michele Bottazzi1, Wuletawu Abera3, Giuseppe Formetta2, and Riccardo Rigon1 1Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, Italy
2Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, UK
3International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), P.O. Box 5689, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Abstract. This work presents a package for the interpolation of climatological variables, such as temperature and precipitation, using Kriging techniques. The purposes of the study are (1) to present a geostatistical software easy to use and easy to plug-in in a hydrological model, (2) to show a practical example of an accurately designed software in the perspective of reproducible research, (3) to show the goodness of the software applications, in order to have a reliable alternative to other traditionally used tools. Ten 5 types of theoretical semivariograms and four types of Kriging were implemented and gathered into ObjectModelling System compliant components. The package provides real time optimization for semivariogram and kriging parameters. The software was tested using temperature and rainfall data retrieved from 97 meteorological stations in the Isarco River basin, Italy. For both variables, good interpolation results were obtained and then compared to the results from the R package, gstat.
Citation: Bancheri, M., Serafin, F., Bottazzi, M., Abera, W., Formetta, G., and Rigon, R.: The design, deployment and testing of Kriging models in GEOframe, Geosci. Model Dev. Discuss.,, in review, 2018.
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This paper presents a new modelling package for the spatial interpolation of environmental variables. It includes 10 theoretical semivariogram models and 4 types of Kriging interpolations. To test the performance of the package, 2 applications are performed: the interpolation of 1 year of temperatures and of a rainfall event. Both interpolations gave very good results.In comparison with gstat, the SIK package proved to be a good alternative, as regards both the easiness of use and the accuracy.
This paper presents a new modelling package for the spatial interpolation of environmental...