Extreme rainfall events and uncertainty in the Mediterranean basin

Hadas Reiser, Haim Kutiel

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The Most Expectable Rainfall Regime- MERR in a certain region is composed of various parameters regarding the rainfall regime in that region. Two stations in the Mediterranean basin, Valencia and Larnaca, were used as an example of the diversity of the rainfall regime and its extremes. The present study examines several parameters of the MERR, such as: The rainfall TOTAL, the Date of Accumulated Percentage- DAP, the Rainy Season Length- RSL, the Number of rain-spells-NRS, the Rain-spells Yield- RSY, the ratio between the Average rainfall and its Median- AMED and the relationship between the precipitation and number of the rain-spells. The study shows that Larnaca's rainfall regime is less extreme as compared with the regime in Valencia. In addition, the rainfall regime in Larnaca suits the definition of a Mediterranean climate better than that of Valencia. Therefore the Rainfall Regime Uncertainty- RRU is higher there.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSurvival and Sustainability
Subtitle of host publicationEnvironmental Concerns in the 21st Century
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2011
EventInternational Conference on Environment: Survival and Sustainability - Nicosia, Cyprus
Duration: 19 Feb 200724 Feb 2007


ConferenceInternational Conference on Environment: Survival and Sustainability


  • MERR
  • Mediteranean
  • Rain spell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Pollution
  • Geology
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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