Title: Applicability evaluation of different algorithms for daily reference evapotranspiration model in KBE system

Authors: Yubin Zhang; Zhengying Wei; Lei Zhang; Jun Du

Addresses: School of Mechanical Engineering, Xian Jiaotong University, No. 28, Xianning West Road, Xi'an, Shaan xi, China ' School of Mechanical Engineering, Xian Jiaotong University, No. 28, Xianning West Road, Xi'an, Shaan xi, China ' School of Mechanical Engineering, Xian Jiaotong University, No. 28, Xianning West Road, Xi'an, Shaan xi, China ' School of Mechanical Engineering, Xian Jiaotong University, No. 28, Xianning West Road, Xi'an, Shaan xi, China

Abstract: The irrigation decision-making system based on knowledge-based engineering (KBE) is reported in this paper, and the basis of the KBE was knowledge of reference crop evapotranspiration (ET0). Therefore, the research examined the accuracy of the support vector machines (SVMs) in the model of ET0. In the first part of the study, the SVMs were compared with FAO-24, Hargreaves, McCloud, Priestley-Taylor and Makkink models. The results indicated that the SVMs performed better than other models. In the second part, the total ET0 estimation of the SVMs was compared with the other models in the validation. It was found that the SVMs models were superior to the others in terms of relative error. The further assessment of SVMs was conducted, and confirmed that the models could provide a powerful tool in KBE irrigation with a lack of meteorological data. It could provide a reference for accurate ET0 estimation in KBE irrigation systems.

Keywords: reference evapotranspiration; support vector machines; SVMs; knowledge-based engineering; KBE; original meteorological data.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCSE.2019.099074

International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering, 2019 Vol.18 No.4, pp.361 - 374

Received: 10 Jun 2016
Accepted: 12 Sep 2016

Published online: 08 Apr 2019 *

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