I am working on an rainfall analysis and I have to interpolate some datas with kriging method.

Is co-kriging suitable for the rainfall analysis?

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    – underdark
    Jul 22, 2013 at 14:41
  • Actually, I researched and I found kriging is best for me.However, which method of kriging I should use is little confusing
    – rblerk
    Jul 22, 2013 at 14:47

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For reliable methods, I would do a literature review to find the best option given your time, resources and questions you are trying to accomplish.

  • intresting paper. After quick look at the data table, I noticed a low correlation between the rainfall and the elevation, especially for the summer months. My initial thought would be that there is some kind of noise in the initial dataset. Can that be the case?
    – nickves
    Nov 3, 2013 at 20:40
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    I'd say summer has less correlation due to local precipitation from convective cells, like thunder storms, which are less related to elevation.
    – Mike T
    Nov 3, 2013 at 20:54

Co kringing needs another variable (the covariable), example - for rainfall, it could be the elevation. The best one to start its ordinary kriging.

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    Ordinary kriging is known to be bad for rainfall because rainfall is controlled strongly by topography and other factors. Co-kriging is one attractive option because those other factors can be brought into the analysis. Thus I have to disagree with this answer, which in other applications might otherwise be good advice.
    – whuber
    Nov 3, 2013 at 23:19

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