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Benhamrouche, Aziz; Boucherf, D.; Hamadache, R.; Bendahmane, L.; Martín Vide, Javier; Teixeira Nery, Jonas (2015)
Publisher: European Geosciences Union (EGU)
Journal: Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: Algèria, Precipitations (Meteorology), Algeria, G, Geography. Anthropology. Recreation, QE1-996.5, Climatologia, Geology, TD1-1066, Pluja, Rain and rainfall, Precipitacions (Meteorologia), GE1-350, Climatology, Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering, Environmental sciences
In this paper, the spatial and temporal distribution of the daily precipitation concentration index (CI) in Algeria (south Mediterranean Sea) has been assessed. CI is an index related to the rainfall intensity and erosive capacity; therefore, this index is of great interest for studies on torrential rainfall and floods. Forty-two daily rainfall series based on high-quality and fairly regular rainfall records for the period from 1970 to 2008 were used. The daily precipitation CI results allowed the identification of three climate zones: the northern country, characterized by coastal regions with CI values between 0.59 and 0.63; the highlands, with values between 0.57 and 0.62, except for the region of Biskra (CI = 0.70); and the southern region of the country, with high rainfall concentrations with values between 0.62 and 0.69.
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