In this paper we present a benchmarking methodology, which aims at comparing urban runoff quality models, based on the Bayesian theory. After choosing the different configurations of models to be tested, this methodology uses the Metropolis algorithm, a general MCMC sampling method, to estimate the posterior distributions of the models' parameters. The analysis of these posterior distributions allows a quantitative assessment of the parameters' uncertainties and their interaction structure, and provides information about the sensitivity of the probability distribution of the model output to parameters. The effectiveness and efficiency of this methodology are illustrated in the context of 4 configurations of pollutants' accumulation/erosion models, tested on 4 street subcatchments. Calibration results demonstrate that the Metropolis algorithm produces reliable inferences of parameters thus, helping on the improvement of the mathematical concept of model equations.
A benchmark methodology for managing uncertainties in urban runoff quality models
A. Kanso, B. Tassin, G. Chebbo; A benchmark methodology for managing uncertainties in urban runoff quality models. Water Sci Technol 1 January 2005; 51 (2): 163–170. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2005.0044
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