Meta-elliptical copulas for drought frequency analysis of periodic hydrologic data Academic Article uri icon


  • This study aims to model the joint probability distribution of periodic hydrologic data using meta-elliptical copulas. Monthly precipitation data from a gauging station (410120) in Texas, US, was used to illustrate parameter estimation and goodness-of-fit for univariate drought distributions using chi-square test, Kolmogorov-Smirnov test, Cramer-von Mises statistic, Anderson-Darling statistic, modified weighted Watson statistic, and Liao and Shimokawa statistic. Pearson's classical correlation coefficient r n , Spearman's n , Kendall's , Chi-Plots, and K-Plots were employed to assess the dependence of drought variables. Several meta-elliptical copulas and Gumbel-Hougaard, Ali-Mikhail-Haq, Frank and Clayton copulas were tested to determine the best-fit copula. Based on the root mean square error and the Akaike information criterion, meta-Gaussian and t copulas gave a better fit. A bootstrap version based on Rosenblatt's transformation was employed to test the goodness-of-fit for meta-Gaussian and t copulas. It was found that none of meta-Gaussian and t copulas considered could be rejected at the given significance level. The meta-Gaussian copula was employed to model the dependence, and these results were found satisfactory. 2009 Springer-Verlag.

published proceedings

  • Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment

author list (cited authors)

  • Song, S., & Singh, V. P.

citation count

  • 167

complete list of authors

  • Song, Songbai||Singh, Vijay P

publication date

  • July 2009