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Adaptive Neurofuzzy Computing Technique for Evapotranspiration Estimation

Abstract

The accuracy of an adaptive neurofuzzy computing technique in estimation of reference evapotranspiration (ET0) is investigated in this paper. The daily climatic data, solar radiation, air temperature, relative humidity, and wind speed from two stations, Pomona and Santa Monica, in Los Angeles, Calif., are used as inputs to the neurofuzzy model to estimate ET0 obtained using the FAO-56 Penman–Monteith equation. In the first part of the study, a comparison is made between the estimates provided by the neurofuzzy model and those of the following empirical models: The California Irrigation Management System, Penman, Hargreaves, and Ritchie. In this part of the study, the empirical models are calibrated using the standard FAO-56 PM ET0 values. The estimates of the neurofuzzy technique are also compared with those of the calibrated empirical models and artificial neural network (ANN) technique. Mean-squared errors, mean-absolute errors, and determination coefficient statistics are used as comparing criteria for the evaluation of the models’ performances. The comparison results reveal that the neurofuzzy models could be employed successfully in modeling the ET0 process. In the second part of the study, the potential of the neurofuzzy technique, ANN and the empirical methods in estimation ET0 using nearby station data are investigated.