Special Issue "Application of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Surface Flow Simulation"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Earth Sciences and Geography".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Vidya Samadi
Guest Editor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of South Carolina, USA
Interests: uncertainty analysis; extreme hydrological events and climate change; model-data analysis in water resources systems
Dr. Catherine Wilson
Guest Editor
Hydro-environmental Research Centre, Cardiff University, Cardiff, CF10 3AT, UK
Interests: modelling of environmental hydraulics; vegetation hydrodynamics and the the interaction of vegetation and flow in river and estuarine systems; 3-D Computational Fluid Dynamics modelling of environmental hydraulics; the impact of climate change on ecosystems and the linkage between hydrodynamics and invertebrate habitat in rivers
Dr. Ibrahim Demir
Guest Editor
IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, The University of Iowa, USA
Interests: Hydroinformatics; Environmental Information Systems Scientific Visualization Cyber Systems Design and Development Machine Intelligence; Data Analytics; Information and Communication Technologies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The development of increasingly sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) techniques, combined with rapid increases in computing power, has prompted research into advanced methods for data-driven and model-driven surface flow simulation in the past few years. AI and its subfields including machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL) have proved to be proficient for predictive modeling and exploratory data analysis, particularly in drainage systems with complex and non-linear processes. This Special Issue of Applied Sciences welcomes theoretical and AI/ML/DL computational modeling including data-driven and model-driven contributions that can advance our understanding of surface flow processes and predictability. In particular, (i) approaches that can aggregate a wide variety of data sources in simulation, including machine learning and deep learning based simulation techniques, (ii) computing systems with sophisticated optimization techniques that can quantify—and ideally minimize—the error and uncertainty associated with models and data that is used to understand and initialize watershed-scale models, (iii) computational learning techniques for the flow simulation of non-linear and complex systems, and (iv) data modeling and database development for structured and non-structured river flow data design. We also encourage contributions in integrative approaches such as physical based surface flow modeling and AI/ML/DL computational systems, especially at local, national, and global scales.

Dr. Vidya Samadi
Dr. Catherine Wilson
Dr. Ibrahim Demir
Guest Editors

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  • artificial intelligence
  • machine learning and deep learning approaches
  • surface flow simulation
  • uncertainty assessment
  • integrative modeling systems
  • database development and design

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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