Multivariate Stochastic Downscaling for Semicontinuous Data

  • Lucia PaciEmail author
  • Carlo Trivisano
  • Daniela Cocchi
Conference paper
Part of the Studies in Classification, Data Analysis, and Knowledge Organization book series (STUDIES CLASS)


The paper proposes a Bayesian hierarchical model to scale down and adjust deterministic weather model output of temperature and precipitation with meteorological observations, extending the existing literature along different directions. These non-independent data are used jointly into a stochastic calibration model that accounts for the uncertainty in the numerical model. Dependence between temperature and precipitation is introduced through spatial latent processes, at both point and grid cell resolution. Occurrence and accumulation of precipitation are considered through a two-stage spatial model due to the large number of zero measurements and the right-skewness of the distribution of positive rainfall amounts. The model is applied to data coming from the Emilia-Romagna region (Italy).


Weather numerical forecasts Temperature Precipitation Hierarchical modeling BICAR prior 



Research was funded by MIUR through FIRB 2012 (project no. RBFR12URQJ) and PRIN 2015 (project no. 20154X8K23) grants. We also thank ARPAE-SIMC Emilia Romagna, for providing monitoring data set and numerical models’ output.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Statistical SciencesUniversità Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilanItaly

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