oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Why stochastic hydrology?
|Article Title||Why stochastic hydrology?|
|© Publisher:||South African Institution Of Civil Engineering (SAICE)|
|Journal||Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese|
|Affiliations||1 Civil Engineering, University of Natal.|
|Publication Date||Oct 1989|
|Pages||345 - 348|
|Keyword(s)||Engineering hydrology, Stochastic hydrology, Stochastic processes and Water resources|
Stochastic hydrology is the study of the application of stochastic processes (their descriptionption, measurement, estimation and simulation) in engineering hydrology, which in itself is the study of the harnessing of water resources in the service of mankind. The term 'stochastic process' descriptionbes a random process observed discretely or continuously in time (or more unusually space). The essential character of a stochastic process is that the order in which events occur is important, in fact is an essential aspect of the phenomenon. This is because it is quite likely that there is a dependence structure in the process that it is important to measure and effectively preserve in any descriptionption or simulation. Typical examples of stochastic processes are the sequence of wet and dry days as measured by a rain-gauge or the arrivals of telephone calls at an exchange.
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