The objective of this study is to develop hybrid models by combining data-driven models, including support vector machines (SVM) and generalized regression neural networks (GRNN), and wavelet decomposition for aggregation and disaggregation of rainfall. The wavelet-based support vector machines (WSVM) and wavelet-based generalized regression neural networks (WGRNN) models are obtained using mother wavelets, including db8, db10, sym8, sym10, coif6, and coif12. The developed models are evaluated in the Bocheong-stream catchment, an International Hydrological Program representative catchment, Republic of Korea. WSVM and WGRNN models with mother wavelet db10 yield the best performance as compared with other mother wavelets for estimating areal and disaggregated rainfalls, respectively. Among 12 rainfall stations, SVM, GRNN, WSVM (db10 and sym10), and WGRNN (db10 and sym10) models provide the best accuracies for estimating the disaggregated rainfalls at Samga (No. 7), and the worst accuracies for estimating the disaggregated rainfalls at Yiweon (No. 11) stations, respectively. Results obtained from this study indicate that the combination of data-driven models and wavelet decomposition can be a useful tool for estimating areal and disaggregated rainfalls satisfactorily, and can yield better efficiency than data-driven models.
- generalized regression
- kriging method
- rainfall aggregation and disaggregation
- support vector machines
- wavelet decomposition
- First received 22 October 2015.
- Accepted in revised form 30 January 2016.
- © IWA Publishing 2017