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A novel ensemble-based conceptual-data-driven approach for improved streamflow simulations


Sikorska-Senoner, Anna E; Quilty, John M (2021). A novel ensemble-based conceptual-data-driven approach for improved streamflow simulations. Environmental Modelling & Software, 143:105094.

Abstract

A novel framework, an ensemble-based conceptual-data-driven approach (CDDA), is developed that integrates a hydrological model (HM) with a data-driven model (DDM) to simulate an ensemble of HM residuals. Thus, a CDDA delivers an ensemble of ‘residual-corrected’ streamflow simulations. This framework is beneficial because it respects hydrological processes via the HM and it profits from the DDM’s ability to simulate the complex relationship between residuals and input variables. The CDDA enables exploring different DDMs to identify the most suitable model. Eight DDMs are explored: Multiple Linear Regression (MLR), k Nearest Neighbours Regression (kNN), Second-Order Volterra Series Model, Artificial Neural Networks (ANN), and two variants of eXtreme Gradient Boosting (XGB) and Random Forests (RF). The proposed CDDA, tested on three Swiss catchments, was able to improve the mean continuous ranked probability score by 16-29% over the standalone HM. Based on these results, XGB and RF are recommended for simulating the HM residuals.

Abstract

A novel framework, an ensemble-based conceptual-data-driven approach (CDDA), is developed that integrates a hydrological model (HM) with a data-driven model (DDM) to simulate an ensemble of HM residuals. Thus, a CDDA delivers an ensemble of ‘residual-corrected’ streamflow simulations. This framework is beneficial because it respects hydrological processes via the HM and it profits from the DDM’s ability to simulate the complex relationship between residuals and input variables. The CDDA enables exploring different DDMs to identify the most suitable model. Eight DDMs are explored: Multiple Linear Regression (MLR), k Nearest Neighbours Regression (kNN), Second-Order Volterra Series Model, Artificial Neural Networks (ANN), and two variants of eXtreme Gradient Boosting (XGB) and Random Forests (RF). The proposed CDDA, tested on three Swiss catchments, was able to improve the mean continuous ranked probability score by 16-29% over the standalone HM. Based on these results, XGB and RF are recommended for simulating the HM residuals.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Uncontrolled Keywords:Ecological Modelling, Environmental Engineering, Software
Language:English
Date:1 September 2021
Deposited On:10 Jun 2021 09:22
Last Modified:25 Jun 2021 01:08
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1364-8152
OA Status:Hybrid
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2021.105094

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