Innovative Polygonal Trend Analysis (IPTA) in detecting the seasonal trend behavior of statistically downscaled precipitation for the Eastern Black Sea Basin of Turkey

Nacar S., Şan M., Kankal M., Okkan U.

URBAN WATER JOURNAL, vol.2024, no.3, pp.1-13, 2024 (SCI-Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 2024 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/1573062x.2024.2312496
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aerospace Database, Aqualine, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), Communication Abstracts, Geobase, ICONDA Bibliographic, INSPEC, Metadex, Pollution Abstracts, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-13
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


This study compares projected and past seasonal precipitation trends in the Eastern Black Sea Basin, Turkey. Historical data from twelve stations representing the basin during 1981–2010 was used, while statistically downscaled data from two representative concentration pathway scenarios (RCP4.5 and RCP8.5) outputs of the GFDL-ESM2M general circulation model were utilized for 2021–2050. To determine the seasonal trend behaviors of precipitation variables and transitions between consecutive months, the Innovative Polygon Trend Analysis (IPTA) was implemented. Furthermore, the star concept was employed to illustrate the changing sizes between consecutive periods. Both scenarios showed considerable summer and autumn declines at almost all locations, with low seasonal precipitation variability. These scenarios indicated January to be the important month for trend shift, except for Rize, Pazar, and Hopa stations. The formation of several polygons, polygons intersecting, and polygons not forming on the global regression line show that the hydro-climatic cycle might be chaotic