A model of rainfall based on finite-state cellular automata
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The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that a finite state cellular automata model is suitable for modeling rainfall in the space-time plane. The time-series properties of the simulated series are matched with historical rainfall data gathered from Whenuapai, NZ. The spatial scale of the model cells in related to land-area by optimizing the cross-correlation between sites at lag 0 relative to rainfall data collected from Auckland, NZ. The model is shown to be adequate for simulation in time, but inadequate in spatial dimension for short distances.
Munroe, D.R., Mills, B.I., & Cowpertwait, P.S.P. (2004), A model of rainfall based on finite-state cellular automata, Research Letters in the Information and Mathematical Sciences, 6, 97-108