The quality of results of rainfall runoff modelling depends strongly on the hydrologic input data. In particular, for urban hydrology applications long-term rainfall series without gaps and of high quality and reliability are required in rainfall runoff and hydraulic simulation of the investigated drainage and receiving water system.

The presented study discusses a method for filling gaps in precipitation time series provided by the Emschergenossenschaft and Lippeverband (EG/LV) in north west Germany. Various time intervals based on deterministic and statistical approaches are investigated. Intervals between 5 and 120 min will be discussed in particular. Several neighbour stations of the EG/LV raingauge network are considered. On the basis of representative examples it is shown how the time intervals mentioned above influences the quality of the estimated gap-filling rainfall data.

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