This paper aims to document the development of a new GIS-based spatial interpolation module that adopts a multiple linear regression technique. The functionality of the GIS module is illustrated through a test case represented by the island of Crete, Greece, where the models generated were applied to locations where estimates of annual precipitation were required. The response variable is ‘precipitation’ and the predictor variables are ‘elevation’, ‘longitude’ and ‘latitude’, or any combination of these. The module is capable of performing a sequence of tasks which will eventually lead to an estimation of mean areal precipitation and the total volume of precipitation. In addition, it can generate up to nine predictor variables and their parameters, and can estimate areal rainfall for a user-specified three-dimensional extent. The developed module performed satisfactorily. Precipitation estimates at ungauged locations were obtained using the multiple linear regression method in addition to some conventional spatial interpolation techniques (i.e. IDW, Spline, Kriging, etc.). The multiple linear regression models provided better estimates than the other spatial interpolation techniques.
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Research Article| January 01 2004
A multiple linear regression GIS module using spatial variables to model orographic rainfall
Journal of Hydroinformatics (2004) 6 (1): 39–56.
S. Naoum, I. K. Tsanis; A multiple linear regression GIS module using spatial variables to model orographic rainfall. Journal of Hydroinformatics 1 January 2004; 6 (1): 39–56. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/hydro.2004.0004
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