Streamflow Forecasting Using Trainable Neural Networks

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by Jason Smith, West Virginia Univ, Morgantown, United States,
Robert N. Eli, West Virginia Univ, Morgantown, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions

Abstract: In this investigation the practicality of applying a backpropagation neural network to modeling watershed response characteristics is examined. Two separate tests were performed. One test involved testing the ability of a neural network to predict time to peak and peak discharge resulting from unique storms produced with spatially distributed rainfall. The other test involved training a neural network to predict volumetric discharge from a time series of rainfall.

Subject Headings: Neural networks | Watersheds | Rainfall | Time series analysis | Streamflow | Water discharge | Storms | Spatial distribution |

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