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Separating aleatory and epistemic uncertainties: Probabilistic sewer flooding evaluation using probability box

Sun, S, Fu, G, Djordjević, S and Khu, ST (2012) Separating aleatory and epistemic uncertainties: Probabilistic sewer flooding evaluation using probability box Journal of Hydrology, 420-42. pp. 360-372.

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Abstract

Uncertainty is generally present in flood evaluation and can be divided into aleatory and epistemic categories. It is not uncommon that flood evaluation has to consider both aleatory and epistemic uncertainties when a simulation model is used. This paper presents a probability box methodology that enables various representations of uncertainty to be simultaneously propagated through a model while separation of aleatory and epistemic uncertainties is preserved in the model output. The proposed methodology is applied to a sewer flood evaluation problem, in which rainfall variables are characterized by probability boxes and two model parameters are respectively described by fuzzy sets and random sets. Consequently, the probabilistic flood evaluation is expressed by probability boxes. Simulation results demonstrate the critical importance of separating aleatory and epistemic uncertainties and of maintaining the uncertainty type (either aleatory or epistemic) in uncertainty propagation. It is suggested that the pooling of aleatory and epistemic uncertainties may lead to incoherent information in the model output. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Sun, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Fu, GUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Djordjević, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Khu, STs.khu@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 14 February 2012
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.12.027
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 12:22
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 12:22
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/835061

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