Identifying Precipitation Regimes in China Using Model-Based Clustering of Spatial Functional Data

Haozhe Zhang, Iowa State University

The identification of precipitation regimes is important for many purposes such as agricultural planning, water resource management, and return period estimation. Since precipitation and other related meteorological data typically exhibit spatial dependency and different characteristics at different time scales, clustering such data presents unique challenges. In this short paper, we develop a flexible model-based approach to cluster multiscale spatial functional data to address such problems. The underlying clustering model is a functional linear model, and the cluster memberships are assumed to be a realization from a Markov random field with geographic covariates. The methodology is applied to a precipitation data from China to identify precipitation regimes.

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