Developing optimal release policies of multipurpose reservoirs is very complex, especially for reservoirs within a stochastic environment. Existing techniques are limited in their ability to represent risks associated with deciding a release policy. The risk aspect of the decisions affects the design and operation of reservoirs. A decision-making model is presented that is capable of replicating the manner in which risks associated with reservoir release decisions are perceived, interpreted and compared by a decision-maker. The model is based on Neural Network (NN) theory. This decision-making model can be used with a Stochastic Dynamic Programming (SDP) approach to produce a NN-SDP model. The resulting integrated model allows the attitudes towards risk of a decision-maker to be considered explicitly in defining the optimal release policy. Clear differences in the policies generated from the basic SDP and the NN-SDP models are observed when examining the operation of Aswan High Dam (AHD). The NN-SDP model yields policies that are more reliable and resilient and less vulnerable than those obtained using the SDP model.
An integrated neural network stochastic dynamic programming model for optimizing the operation policy of Aswan High Dam
A. H. El-Shafie, M. S. El-Manadely; An integrated neural network stochastic dynamic programming model for optimizing the operation policy of Aswan High Dam. Hydrology Research 1 February 2011; 42 (1): 50–67. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/nh.2010.043
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