Anne-Catherine Favre

Professor (full)


Institut national polytechnique de Grenoble (G-INP)

Ecole nationale supérieure de l’Energie, l’Eau et l’Environnement (ENSE3)

Laboratoire d’étude des Transferts en Hydrologie et Environnement (LTHE)

Bâtiment OSUG-B, Domaine Universitaire, BP53, 38041 Grenoble, cedex 09

Phone: +33 (0) 4 76 82 52 85



Research areas: Statistic Applied To Hydrology And Climatology


Statistical downscaling methods

Multivariate modeling with copulas

Calibration of probabilistic meteorological and hydrological forecasts

Stochastic modelling of precipitation

Spatio-temporal models

Extreme analysis



Actual Positions


Full Professor

Engineering school in Energy, Water & environment (ENSE3)

Grenoble institute of Technology (INP)



From January 2011

Joint director of ENSE3 in charge of the international relations (IR)

From September 2014


Responsible of the HydroMeterology, Climate and Impacts (HMCI) team of LTHE




From September 2013

Former Positions


Full professor

Mathematic and statistics department, Laval University, Québec (Québec), Canada




Full professor

National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS), Research Centre on Water, Earth, and the Environment (ETE), Québec (Québec), Canada



Chair holder

Industrial research chair Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)/Hydro-Québec in statistics applied to hydrology



Associate professor

National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS), Research Centre on Water, Earth, and the Environment (ETE), Québec (Québec), Canada



Invited professor

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC), Hydram laboratory, Switzerland



Research scientist

University of Neuchâtel, Faculty of Law and Economy, Applied statistic chair, Neuchâtel, Switzerland




Actual Teaching



Advanced statistics applied to hydrology






Engineering degree in mathematics

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)




PhD in technical sciences

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Subject:  Single and multi-site modelling of rainfall based on the Neyman-Scott process







MEYLAN, P., FAVRE, A.-C. & A. MUSY (2012). Predictive hydrology – A frequency analysis approach, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Sciences Publishers, Enfield, NH, USA, 212 pp., ISBN 978-1-57808-747-1.


MEYLAN., P., FAVRE, A.-C. et A. MUSY (2008). Hydrologie fréquentielle. Une science prédictive. Ingénierie de l’environnement. Presses Polytechniques et Universitaires Romandes (PPUR). 184 p., ISBN 978-2-88074-797-8.


Papers in international peer-reviewed journals

MARTY, R., FORTIN, V., KUSWANTO, H., FAVRE, A.-C. and E. PARENT (2014). Combining the Bayesian processor of output with Bayesian model averaging for reliable ensemble forecasting. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series C (Applied Statistics), in press, DOI:10.1111/rssc.12062.


PARENT, E., FAVRE, A.-C., BERNIER, J. and L. PERREAULT (2014). Copula models for frequency analysis. What can be learned from a Bayesian perspective? Advances in Water Resources, 63, 91-103, doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2013.10.013.


CHARDON, J., HINGRAY, B, FAVRE A.-C., AUTIN, P., GAILHARD, J., ZIN, I. and C. OBLED (2014). Spatial similarity and transferability of analog dates for precipitation downscaling over France. Journal of Climate, 27(13), 5056-5074.


MORLOT, T., PERRET, C., FAVRE, A.-C. and J. JALBERT (2014). Dynamic rating curve assessment for hydrometric stations and computation of associated uncertainties: Quality and station management indicators. Journal of Hydrology, 517:173-186. 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.05.007


FRANÇOIS, B., BORGA, M., ANQUETIN, S., CREUTIN, J. D., ENGELAND, K., FAVRE, A.-C., HINGRAY, B., RAMOS, M. H., RAYNAUD, D., RENARD, B., SAUQUET, E., SAUTERLEUTE, J. F., VIDAL, J. P. and G. WARLAND (2014). Integrating hydropower and intermittent climate-related renewable energies: a call for hydrology., Hydrological Processes, 28(21):5465-5468, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10274.


PANTHOU, G., VISCHEL, T., LEBEL, T., QUANTIN, G., FAVRE, A.-C., BLANCHET, J. and A. ALI (2013). From pointwise testing to a regional vision: an integrated statistical approach to detect non stationarity in extreme daily rainfall. Application to the Sahelian region. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 118(15): 8222-8237, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50340.


EVIN, G. and A.-C. FAVRE (2013). Further developments of a transient Poisson-cluster model for rainfall. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, 27(4): 831-847, 10.1007/s00477-012-0612-y.


MAILHOT, A., LACHANCE-CLOUTIER, S., TALBOT, G. and A.-C. FAVRE (2013). Regional estimates of intense rainfall based on the Peak-Over-Threshold approach. Journal of Hydrology, 476: 188-199, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.10.036.


QUESSY, J.-F., SAÏD, M. and A.-C. FAVRE (2013). Multivariate Kendall’s tau for change point detection in copulas, Canadian Journal of Statistics, 41(1):65-82, DOI: 10.1002/cjs.11150.


QUESSY, J.-F., FAVRE, A.-C., SAÏD, M. and M. CHAMPAGNE (2011). Statistical inference in Lombard’s smooth-change model. Environmetrics, 22(7):882-893.


JALBERT, J., MATHEVET, T. and A.-C. FAVRE (2010). Temporal uncertainty estimation of estimated discharges from rating curves using a variographic analysis. Journal of Hydrology, 397(1-2), 83-92.


POULIN, A. and A.-C. FAVRE (2008). Closure to "Importance of tail dependence in bivariate frequency analysis". Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 13(12):1203.


GENEST, C. and A.-C. FAVRE (2008), Closure to "Everything you always wanted to know about copula modeling but were afraid to ask". Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 13(10):996.


EVIN, G. and A.-C. FAVRE (2008). A new rainfall model based on the Neyman-Scott process using cubic copulas. Water Resources Research, 44, W03433, doi:10129/2007wr006054.


MERMOUD, A., MARTINS, J.M.F., ZHANG, D. and A.-C. FAVRE (2008). Small scale spatial variability of atrazine and dinoseb adsorption parameters in an alluvial soil. Journal of Environmental Quality, 37(5):1929-1936.


BLANCO, C.J.C., SECRETAN, Y. and A.-C. FAVRE (2008). Transférabilité d’un modèle pluie-débit pour la simulation de courbes de débits classés sur des petits bassins non jaugés de l’Amazonie. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 35(9):999-1008.


GENEST, C., FAVRE, A.-C., BÉLIVEAU, J. and C. JACQUES (2007). Meta-elliptical copulas and their use in frequency analysis of multivariate hydrological data. Water Resources Research, 43, W09401, doi:10.1029/2006wr005275.


BLANCO, C.J.C., SECRETAN, Y. and A.-C. FAVRE (2007). Análise, Aplicação e Transposição de um Modelo Chuva-Vazão para Simulação de Curvas de Permanência de Pequenas Bacias da Amazônia. Revista Brasileira de recursos hídricos, 12(1): 205-216.


MERLEAU, J., PERREAULT, L., ANGERS, J.F. and A.-C. FAVRE (2007). Bayesian modelling of hydrographs. Water Resources Research, 43, W10432, doi:10.1029/2006wr005376.


GENEST, C. and A.-C. FAVRE (2007). Everything you always wanted to know about copula modeling but were afraid to ask. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 12(4):347-368.


POULIN, A., HUARD, D., FAVRE, A.-C. and S. PUGIN (2007). Importance of tail dependence in bivariate frequency analysis. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 12(4):394-403.


HUARD, D., EVIN, G. and A.-C. FAVRE (2006). Bayesian copula selection. Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, 51(2):809-822.


FORTIN, V., FAVRE, A.-C. and M. SAÏD (2006). Probabilistic forecasting from ensemble prediction systems: improving upon the best member method by using a different weight and dressing kernel for each member. Quaterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 132(617):1349-1369.


SEIDOU, O., FORTIN, V., ST-HILAIRE, A., FAVRE, A.-C., EL ADLOUNI, S. and B. BOBÉE (2006). Estimating the snow water equivalent on the Gatineau catchment using hierarchical bayesian modeling. Hydrological Processes, 20(4):839-855.


EL ADLOUNI, S., FAVRE, A.-C. and B. BOBÉE (2006). Comparison of methodologies to assess the convergence of Markov chain Monte Carlo methods. Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, 50(10):2685-2701, doi:10.1016/j.csda.2005.04.018.


TURCOTTE, R., FAVRE, A.-C., LACOMBE, P., POIRIER, C. et J.P. VILLENEUVE (2005). Estimation des débits sous glace dans le sud du Québec: comparaison de modèles neuronal et déterministe. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 32(6):1039-1050.


TILLÉ, Y. and A.-C. FAVRE (2005). Optimal allocation in balanced sampling. Statistics & Probability Letters, 74:31-37.


BLANCO, C.J.C., SECRETAN, Y., FAVRE, A.-C. et M. SLIVITZKY (2005). Modèle pluie-débit pour la simulation de courbes de débits classés sur des petits bassins non jaugés de l’Amazonie. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 32(5):803-811.


FAVRE, A.-C., MATEI, A. and Y. TILLÉ (2005). Calibrated random imputation for qualitative data. Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference, 128(2):411-425.


TILLÉ, Y. and A.-C. FAVRE (2004). Coordination, combination and extension of optimal balanced samples. Biometrika, 91(4):923-927.


FAVRE, A.-C., MATEI, A. and Y. TILLÉ (2004). A variant of the Cox algorithm for the imputation of non-response of qualitative data. Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, 45(4):709-719.


FAVRE, A.-C., EL ADLOUNI, S., PERREAULT, L., THIÉMONGE, N. and B. BOBÉE (2004). Multivariate hydrological frequency analysis using copulas. Water Resources Research, 40, W01101, doi:101029/2003WR002456.


FAVRE, A.-C., MUSY, A. and S. MORGENTHALER (2004). Unbiased parameters estimation of the Neyman-Scott model for rainfall simulation with related confidence interval. Journal of Hydrology, 286:168-178.


FAVRE, A.-C., MUSY A. and S. MORGENTHALER (2002). Two-sites modelling of rainfall based on the Neyman-Scott process. Water Resources Research, 38(12), 1307, doi:10.1029/2002WR001343.


HINGRAY, B., MONBARON, E., JARRAR, I., FAVRE, A.-C., CONSUEGRA, D. and A. MUSY (2002). Stochastic generation and disaggregation of hourly rainfall series for continuous hydrological modelling and flood control reservoir design. Water Science & Technology, 45(2):113-119.