Arabian Journal of Geosciences, ( ISI ), Volume (7), No (9), Year (2013-12) , Pages (3611-3631)

Title : ( A framework toward developing a groundwater conceptual model )

Authors: Azizallah Izady , Kamran Davary , Amin Alizadeh , Ali Naghi Ziaei , A. Alipoor , A. Joodavi , M. L. Brusseau ,

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Abstract There is no doubt that groundwater is an important and vital source of water supply in arid and semi-arid areas. Therefore, prediction of groundwater level fluctuations is necessary for planning conjunctive use in these areas. This research was aimed to predict groundwater levels in the Neishaboor plain using Neural Network – AutoRegressive eXtra input (NN-ARX) and Static-NN models. The NN-ARX model determines a nonlinear ARX model of a dynamic system by training a hidden layer neural network with the Levenberg- Marquardt algorithm. In this model the current outputs depend not only on the current inputs, but also on the inputs and outputs at the pervious time periods. The available observation wells in the study area were clustered according to their fluctuation behavior using the “Ward” method, which resulted in six areal zones. Then, for each cluster, an observation well was selected as its representative, and for each zone, values of monthly precipitation, temperature and groundwater extraction were estimated. The best input of the Static-NN model was identified using combination of Gamma Test and Genetic Algorithm. Also, Gamma Test is applied to identify the length of the training dataset. The results showed that the NN-ARX model was suitable and more practical. The performance indicators (R2= 0.97, RMSE=0.03 m, ME=–0.07 m and R2=0.81, RMSE=0.35 m, ME=0.60 m, respectively for the best and worst performance of model) reveals the effectiveness of this model. Moreover, these results were compared with the results of a static-NN model using t-test, which showed the superiority of the NN-ARX over the static-NN.


Keywords Conceptual model . Groundwater .Development . Iran
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author = {Izady, Azizallah and Davary, Kamran and Alizadeh, Amin and Ziaei, Ali Naghi and A. Alipoor and A. Joodavi and M. L. Brusseau},
title = {A framework toward developing a groundwater conceptual model},
journal = {Arabian Journal of Geosciences},
year = {2013},
volume = {7},
number = {9},
month = {December},
issn = {1866-7511},
pages = {3611--3631},
numpages = {20},
keywords = {Keywords Conceptual model . Groundwater .Development . Iran},


%0 Journal Article
%T A framework toward developing a groundwater conceptual model
%A Izady, Azizallah
%A Davary, Kamran
%A Alizadeh, Amin
%A Ziaei, Ali Naghi
%A A. Alipoor
%A A. Joodavi
%A M. L. Brusseau
%J Arabian Journal of Geosciences
%@ 1866-7511
%D 2013