Using LSTMs for climate change assessment studies on droughts and floods
Frederik Kratzert, Daniel Klotz, Johannes Brandstetter, Pieter-Jan Hoedt, Grey Nearing, and Sepp Hochreiter
Climate change affects occurrences of floods and droughts worldwide. However, predicting climate impacts over individual watersheds is difficult, primarily because accurate hydrological forecasts require models that are calibrated to past data. In this work we present a large-scale LSTM-based modeling approach that – by training on large data sets – learns a diversity of hydrological behaviors. Previous work shows that this model is more accurate than current state-of-the-art models, even when the LSTM-based approach operates out-of-sample and the latter in-sample. In this work, we show how this model can assess the sensitivity of the underlying systems with regard to extreme (high and low) flows in individual watersheds over the continental US.
arXiv, 1911.03941v2, Machine Learning (cs.LG), 2019-11-28.