Volume 6 Number 6 (June 2015)
IJESD 2015 Vol.6(6): 478-483 ISSN: 2010-0264
DOI: 10.7763/IJESD.2015.V6.641

Adaptation of Water Resources Management to Changing Climate: The Role of Intensity-Duration-Frequency Curves

Latifa A. Yousef and Taha B. M. J. Ouarda
Abstract—Climate change influences the intensity and frequency of precipitation events, causing the need for new strategies in water resources management. This paper presents the role of hydrology in helping to establish these new strategies, focusing specifically on rainfall intensity-duration-frequency (IDF) curves. A methodology is proposed for developing IDF curves using covariates of climate indices. A case study is presented for the station of Riviere Heva in Quebec, Canada. The IDF models incorporating climate indices exhibit significant improvements in terms of goodness of fit over the traditional models, forming the conclusion that design standards for water-related structures must be updated to incorporate climate change.

Index Terms—Climate change, water management, hydrology, hydro-meteorological modeling, intensity-duration-frequency curves.

L. A. Yousef is with the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE (e-mail: layousef@ masdar.ac.ae). T. B. M. J. Ouarda was with the Department of Statistical Hydrology, University of Quebec, Canada. He is now with the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates (e-mail: touarda@masdar.ac.ae).

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Cite:Latifa A. Yousef and Taha B. M. J. Ouarda, "Adaptation of Water Resources Management to Changing Climate: The Role of Intensity-Duration-Frequency Curves," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 6, no. 6, pp. 478-483, 2015.





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