Scientific publications

Scientific results that have been achieved within the RainGain project are disseminated through academic publications: conferences, papers and books.


Bruni et al. (2015). On the sensitivity of urban hydrodynamic modelling to rainfall spatial and temporal resolution. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 19 (2), 691-709.

Hoang, C-T., Tchiguirinskaia, I., Schertzer, D., Lovejoy, S. (2014). ‘Multifractal characteristics and extremes of high-resolution rainfall, Application to climate change detection’, Revue des sciences de l'eau / Journal of Water Science, 27(3), 205-216

Foresti, L., Reyniers, M., Seed, A., Delobbe, L. (2015), ‘Development and verification of a real-time stochastic precipitation nowcasting system for urban hydrology in Belgium’, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions, 12, 6831-6879

Foresti, L., Seed, A. (2014), ‘The effect of flow and orography on the spatial distribution of the very short-term predictability of rainfall from composite radar images’, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18, 4671-4686

Gires A, Abbes JB, Giangola-Murzyn A, Ricahrd J, Tchiguirinskaia I, Schertzer D, 2015: Multifractal characterisation of simulated surface flow: a case study with Multi-Hydro in Jouy-en-Josas, France. Journal of Hydrology (revised version)
Ichiba A., Gires A., Tchiguirinskaia I., Schertzer D., Bompard P. , 2015: Multifractal comparison of two operational radar rainfall products. Journal of Hydrology (revised version).
Ochoa-Rodriguez S, Li-Pen W, Gires A, Pina R, Reinoso Rondinel R,Bruni G, Ichiba A, Gaitan S,  Cristiano E, van Assel J, Kroll S,  Murla-Tuyl, Tisserand B, D, Schertzer D, Tchiguirinskaia I, Onof C, Willems P, ten Veldhuis MC,2015: Impact of  spatial and temporal resolution of rainfall inputs on urban hydrodynamic modelling output: a multi-catchment investigation, Journal of Hydrology, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.05.035
Sandford, C (2015). Correcting for wind drift in high resolution radar rainfall products: a feasibility study. Journal of Hydrology.
Simões, N., Ochoa-Rodríguez, S., Wang, L.-P., Pina, R., Marques, A., Onof, C. & Leitão, J. (2015). Stochastic Urban Pluvial Flood Hazard Maps Based upon a Spatial-Temporal Rainfall Generator. Water, 7 (7), 3396-3406.
Wang, L-P., Ochoa-Rodriguez, S., Onof, C., Willems, P. (2015), ‘Singularity-sensitive gauge-based radar rainfall adjustment methods for urban hydrological applications’, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions, 12, 1855–1900; Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 19, 4001–4021
Wang, L-P., Ochoa-Rodriguez, S., Van Assel, J., Pina, R.D., Kroll, S., Pessemier, M., Willems, P., Onof, C. (2015), ‘Enhancement of radar rainfall estimates for urban hydrology through optical flow temporal interpolation and Bayesian gauge-based adjustment’, Journal of Hydrology, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.05.049


Gires A, Tchiguirinskaia I, Schertzer D., 2014. A Multifractal comparison of the output of two optical disdrometers. Hydrological Science Journal (special issue, Facets of uncertainty / Hydrofractals). DOI:10.1080/02626667.2015.1055270

Auguste Gires, Agathe Giangola-Murzyna, Jean-Baptiste Abbesa, Ioulia Tchiguirinskaia, Daniel Schertzera & Shaun Lovejoy, Impacts of small scale rainfall variability in urban areas: a case study with 1D and 1D/2D hydrological models in a multifractal framework. Urban Water Journal, DOI: 10.1080/1573062X.2014.923917

Gires A, Tchiguirinskaia I, Schertzer D, Berne A. '2DVD data revisited: multifractal insights into cuts of the spatio-temporal rainfall process'. Journal of Hydro-Meteorology. Early online release.


Arnbjerg-Nielsen, K., Willems, P., Olsson, J., Beecham, S., Pathirana, A., Bülow Gregersen, I., Madsen, H., Nguyen, V-T-V. (2013). ‘Impacts of climate change on rainfall extremes and urban drainage systems: a review’, Water Science and Technology, 68(1), 16-28

Gires, A., I. Tchiguirinskaia, D. Schertzer, A. Schellart, A. Berne, S. Lovejoy. Influence of small scale rainfall variability on standard comparison tools between radar and rain gauge data. Atmospheric Research, 138, pp. 125-138

Gires, A., Tchiguirinskaia, I., Schertzer, D., and Lovejoy, S. (2013). 'Development and analysis of a simple model to represent the zero rainfall in a universal multifractal framework', Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics, 20, pp. 343-356

Goormans, T., Willems, P. (2013). ‘Using local weather radar data for sewer system modelling: case study in Flanders, Belgium’, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 18(2), 269-278

McRobie, F., Wang, L., Onof, C. and Kenney, S. (2013). 'A spatial-temporal rainfall generator for urban drainage design'. Water Science & Technology, 68(1), 240-249

Schertzer, D., I. Tchiguirinskaia, S. Lovejoy (2013) Multifractality: at least tree moments. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss, 10, C3103-3109

Shrestha, N.K., Goormans, T., Willems, P. (2013). ‘Evaluating the accuracy of C and X band weather radars and their application for stream flow simulation’, Journal of Hydroinformatics, 15(4), 1121-1136

Spekkers, M. H. , Kok, M. , Clemens, F. H. L. R. and ten Veldhuis, J. A. E. (2013). 'A statistical analysis of insurance damage claims related to rainfallextremes', Hydrology and Hearth System Sciences, 17, 913-922

Van Dyck, J., Willems, P. (2013).‘Probabilistic flood risk assessment over large geographical regions’, Water Resources Research, 49, 3330–3344

Wang, L., Ochoa-Rodríguez, S., Simões, N. E., Onof, C., Maksimović, Č. (2013). Radar–raingauge data combination techniques: a revision and analysis of their suitability for urban hydrology, Water Science & Technology, 68(4), 737-747

Willems P. (2013). ‘Multidecadal oscillatory behaviour of rainfall extremes in Europe’, Climatic Change, 120(4), 931–944

Willems, P. (2013). ‘Adjustment of extreme rainfall statistics accounting for multidecadal climate oscillations’, Journal of Hydrology, 490, 126-133

Willems, P. (2013). ‘Revision of urban drainage design rules after assessment of climate change impacts on precipitation extremes at Uccle, Belgium’, Journal of Hydrology, 496, 166–177

Wolfs, V., Villazon Gomez, M.F., Willems, P. (2013). ‘Development of a semi-automated model identification and calibration tool for conceptual modelling of sewer systems’, Water Science and Technology, 68(1), 167-175


Gires A., Tchiguirinskaia I., Schertzer D., Lovejoy S. (2012). 'Multifractal analysis of a semi-distributed urban hydrological model'. Urban Water Journal

Gires, A., Onof, C., Maksimovic, C., Schertzer, D., Tchiguirinskaia, I., Simoes, N. (2012). 'Quantifying the impact of small scale unmeasured rainfall variability on urban runoff through multifractal downscaling: A case study'. Journal of Hydrology, 442-443, p. 117

Gires, A., Tchiguirinskaia, I., Schertzer, D. and Lovejoy, S. (2012). 'Influence of the zero-rainfall on the assessment of the multifractal parameters'. Advances in Water Resources, 45, p. 13-25

Hoang, C. T., Tchiguirinskaia, I., Schertzer, D., Arnaud, P., Lavabre, J., Lovejoy, S. (2012). 'Assessing the high frequency quality of long rainfall series'. Journal of Hydrology, 438-439, p. 39-5

Labat, D., Hoang, C. T., Masbou, J., Mangin, A., Tchiguirinskaia, I., Lovejoy, S., Schertzer, D(2012). 'Multifractal behaviour of long-term karstic discharge fluctuations'. Hydrological Processes.

Lovejoy S., Pinel J., Schertzer D. (2012). 'The global space-time cascade structure of precipitation: Satellites, gridded gauges and reanalyses'. in Advances in Water Resources, 45, p. 37

Lovejoy, S., Schertzer, D. (2012). 'Haar wavelets, fluctuations and structure functions: Convenient choices for geophysics'. Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics, 19(5), p. 513

Lovejoy, S., Schertzer, D. (2012). 'Stochastic and scaling climate sensitivities: Solar, volcanic and orbital forcings'. Geophysical Research Letters, 39, p. L11702

Schertzer, D., Tchiguirinskaia, I., Lovejoy, S., Tuck, A. F. (2012). 'Quasi-geostrophic turbulence and generalized scale invariance, a theoretical reply'. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 12(1), p. 327-336.

Willems, P., Molnar, P., Einfalt, T., Arnbjerg-Nielsen, K., Onof, C., Nguyen, V-T-V., Burlando, P. (2012). ‘Rainfall in the urban context: forecasting, risk and climate change’, Atmospheric Research, 103, 1-3

Willems, P., Arnbjerg-Nielsen, K., Olsson, J., Nguyen, V.T.V. (2012). ‘Climate change impact assessment on urban rainfall extremes and urban drainage: methods and shortcomings’, Atmospheric Research, 103, 106-118