Hydrologic regionalization using wavelet-based multiscale entropy method

A. Agarwal, R. Maheswaran, V. Sehgal, R. Khosa, B. Sivakumar, C. Bernhofer

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Catchment regionalization is an important step in estimating hydrologic parameters of ungaged basins. This paper proposes a multiscale entropy method using wavelet transform and k-means based hybrid approach for clustering of hydrologic catchments. Multi-resolution wavelet transform of a time series reveals structure, which is often obscured in streamflow records, by permitting gross and fine features of a signal to be separated. Wavelet-based Multiscale Entropy (WME) is a measure of randomness of the given time series at different timescales. In this study, streamflow records observed during 1951-2002 at 530 selected catchments throughout the United States are used to test the proposed regionalization framework. Further, based on the pattern of entropy across multiple scales, each cluster is given an entropy signature that provides an approximation of the entropy pattern of the streamflow data in each cluster. The tests for homogeneity reveals that the proposed approach works very well in regionalization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-32
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Hydrology
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016

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Funding Information:
This research was funded by Department Science and Technology, India through the INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship held by Maheswaran Rathinasamy. Bellie Sivakumar acknowledges the financial support from the Australian Research Council (ARC) through the Future Fellowship Grant ( FT110100328 ). We thank the two reviewers for the constructive comments and useful suggestions on an earlier version of this manuscript. Their comments helped significantly improve the quality of the manuscript.


  • Hydrologic regionalization
  • K-means clustering
  • Multiscale entropy
  • Ungaged catchments
  • Wavelet transform

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