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Machine Learning, Urban Water Resources Management and Operating Policy

National Observatory of Athens, Institute for Environmental Research & Sustainable Development, GR-15236 Athens, Greece
Resources 2019, 8(4), 173;
Received: 1 October 2019 / Revised: 30 October 2019 / Accepted: 9 November 2019 / Published: 14 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Integrated Urban Water Resources Management and Policy)
Meticulously analyzing all contemporaneous conditions and available options before taking operations decisions regarding the management of the urban water resources is a necessary step owing to water scarcity. More often than not, this analysis is challenging because of the uncertainty regarding inflows to the system. The most common approach to account for this uncertainty is to combine the Bayesian decision theory with the dynamic programming optimization method. However, dynamic programming is plagued by the curse of dimensionality, that is, the complexity of the method is proportional to the number of discretized possible system states raised to the power of the number of reservoirs. Furthermore, classical statistics does not consistently represent the stochastic structure of the inflows (see persistence). To avoid these problems, this study will employ an appropriate stochastic model to produce synthetic time-series with long-term persistence, optimize the system employing a network flow programming modelling, and use the optimization results for training a feedforward neural network (FFN). This trained FFN alone can serve as a decision support tool that describes not only reservoir releases but also how to operate the entire water supply system. This methodology is applied in a simplified representation of the Athens water supply system, and the results suggest that the FFN is capable of successfully operating the system according to a predefined operating policy. View Full-Text
Keywords: machine learning; water resources management; optimization; stochastic modelling machine learning; water resources management; optimization; stochastic modelling
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