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A novel neural network design for long range prediction of rainfall pattern

Goswami, Prashant and Srividya, * (1996) A novel neural network design for long range prediction of rainfall pattern. In: Current Science (Bangalore), 70 (6). pp. 447-457.

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The importance of long-range prediction of rainfall pattern for devising and planning agricultural strategies cannot be overemphasized. However, the prediction of rainfall pattern remains a difficult problem and the desired level of accuracy has not been reached. The conventional methods for prediction of rainfall use either dynamical or statistical modelling. In this article we report the results of a new modelling technique using artificial neural networks. Artificial neural networks are especially useful where the dynamical processes and their interrelations for a given phenomenon are not known with sufficient accuracy. Since conventional neural networks were found to be unsuitable for simulating and predicting rainfall patterns, a generalized structure of a neural network was then explored and found to provide consistent prediction (hindcast) of all-India annual mean rainfall with good accuracy. Performance and consistency of this network are evaluated and compared with those of other (conventional) neural networks. It is shown that the generalized network can make consistently good prediction of annual mean rainfall. Immediate application and potential of such a prediction system are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Current Science (Bangalore)
Publisher: Indian academy of sciences
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Computer Science & Automation
Date Deposited: 10 May 2011 06:32
Last Modified: 10 May 2011 06:32
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/37028

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