Machine-learning-based water quality management of river with serial impoundments in the Republic of Korea

Hye Won Lee, Min Kim, Hee Won Son, Baehyun Min, Jung Hyun Choi

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Study region: Euiam Lake in the Republic of Korea Study focus: This study establishes a framework to prioritize total phosphorus (TP) management strategies based on machine learning (ML). A comparative analysis is conducted to evaluate the performance of four ML methods: random forest (RF), extreme gradient boosting (XGBoost), deep neural network (DNN), and long short-term memory (LSTM). The LSTM-based model is selected as the optimal predictive model of TP concentration in Euiam Lake (E_TP) on seasons (May to October) with high rainfall and inflow from two upstream dams (Chuncheon Dam and Soyanggang Dam). We also perform a gradient-based analysis to figure out the most influential factors on E_TP using the LSTM model. The top four priority factors are TP concentrations and suspended solids concentrations in the upstream dams. This application of the gradient-based analysis enables the predictive model to discuss quantitative reductions in the priorities. Based on these numerical results, we anticipate that the proposed framework can enhance the feasibility of management practices for achieving the water quality management goal of the study region. New hydrological insights: This study demonstrates that a robust predictive model can be developed for a serial impoundment system with distinct seasonal characteristics of rainfall, temperature, and water quality, thereby facilitating the selection of management priorities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101069
JournalJournal of Hydrology: Regional Studies
StatePublished - Jun 2022

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  • Gradient-based analysis
  • Long short-term memory (LSTM)
  • Machine learning (ML)
  • Serial impoundment
  • Water quality


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