Articles | Volume 15, issue 10
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 2347–2358, 2015

Special issue: Climate change, extreme events and hazards in the Mediterranean...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 2347–2358, 2015

Research article 15 Oct 2015

Research article | 15 Oct 2015

High-resolution analysis of 1 day extreme precipitation in Sicily

M. Maugeri et al.

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We investigate 1-day precipitation extremes in Sicily and their frequency distribution, based on a dense data set of high-quality, homogenized station records (1921-2005). Return levels corresponding to 10-, 50- and 100-year periods are produced on a high-resolution grid using a variant of regional frequency analysis combined with regression techniques. The results, which clearly reflect the complexity of this region, may be useful in the context of extreme precipitation risk assessment.
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