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V. Ciriello, I. Lauriola and D. M. Tartakovsky, "Distribution-based global sensitivity analysis in hydrology", Water Resour. Res., vol. 55, no. 11, doi:10.1029/2019WR025844, pp. 8708-8720, 2019


Global sensitivity analysis (GSA) is routinely used in academic setting to quantify the influence of input variability and uncertainty on predictions of a quantity of interest. Practical applications of GSA are hampered by its high computational cost, which arises from the need to run large (e.g., groundwater) models multiple times, and by its reliance on the analysis of variance, which formally requires input parameters to be uncorrelated. The former difficulty can be alleviated by replacing expensive models with inexpensive (e.g., polynomial) surrogates, while adoption of distribution-based (rather than variance-based) metrics can, in principle, overcome the latter but at significantly increased computational cost. To make use of distribution-based GSA feasible for regional-scale models with a large number of degrees of freedom, we supplement it with a surrogate model built with polynomial chaos expansions with analytically updated coefficients. We demonstrate the computational efficiency of our algorithm on a case study dealing with evaluation of the effects of temperature variability on annual evapotranspiration at the regional scale.

BibTeX Entry

author = {V. Ciriello and I. Lauriola and D. M. Tartakovsky},
title = {Distribution-based global sensitivity analysis in hydrology},
year = {2019},
urlpdf = {},
journal = {Water Resour. Res.},
volume = {55},
number = {11},
doi = {10.1029/2019WR025844},
pages = {8708-8720}