Simulation of California’s Major Reservoirs Outflow Using Data Mining Technique

Monday, 15 December 2014
Tiantian Yang, Xiaogang Gao and Soroosh Sorooshian, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA, United States
The reservoir’s outflow is controlled by reservoir operators, which is different from the upstream inflow. The outflow is more important than the reservoir's inflow for the downstream water users. In order to simulate the complicated reservoir operation and extract the outflow decision making patterns for California’s 12 major reservoirs, we build a data-driven, computer-based (“artificial intelligent”) reservoir decision making tool, using decision regression and classification tree approach. This is a well-developed statistical and graphical modeling methodology in the field of data mining. A shuffled cross validation approach is also employed to extract the outflow decision making patterns and rules based on the selected decision variables (inflow amount, precipitation, timing, water type year etc.). To show the accuracy of the model, a verification study is carried out comparing the model-generated outflow decisions (“artificial intelligent” decisions) with that made by reservoir operators (human decisions).

The simulation results show that the machine-generated outflow decisions are very similar to the real reservoir operators’ decisions. This conclusion is based on statistical evaluations using the Nash-Sutcliffe test. The proposed model is able to detect the most influential variables and their weights when the reservoir operators make an outflow decision. While the proposed approach was firstly applied and tested on California’s 12 major reservoirs, the method is universally adaptable to other reservoir systems.