Groundwater level simulation using artificial neural network: a case study from Aghili plain, urban area of Gotvand, south-west Iran

Document Type : Research Paper


Faculty of Earth Sciences, Shahid Chamran University, Ahvaz, Iran


In this paper, the Artificial Neural Network (ANN) approach is applied for forecasting groundwater level fluctuation in Aghili plain,
southwest Iran. An optimal design is completed for the two hidden layers with four different algorithms: gradient descent with
momentum (GDM), levenberg marquardt (LM), resilient back propagation (RP), and scaled conjugate gradient (SCG). Rain,
evaporation, relative humidity, temperature (maximum and minimum), discharge of irrigation canal, and groundwater recharge from
the plain boundary were used in input layer while future groundwater level was used as output layer. Before training, the available data
were divided into three groups, according to hydrogeological characteristics of different parts of the plain surrounding, each
piezometer. Therefore, FFN-LM algorithm has shown best result in the present study for all three hydrogeological groups. At last, to
evaluate applied division, a unit network with all data and using LM algorithm was trained. Validation of the network shows that
dividing the piezometers into different groups of data and designing distinct networks gives more focus on simulating groundwater
level in the plain. The degree of accuracy of the ANN model in prediction is acceptable. Thus, it can be determined that ANN provides
a feasible method in predicting groundwater level in Aghili plain.