As climates change globally, water-related disasters increase, causing substantial economic losses and safety risks. During floods, river water levels show unpredictable fluctuations, introducing substantial noise that complicates accurate prediction. A hybrid model that uses eight-dimensional input data from hydrological and meteorological stations is proposed to address these challenges. Initially, the variational mode decomposition preprocesses and denoises water level data, resulting in decomposed intrinsic mode functions (IMFs). Then, the Pearson correlation coefficient between each IMF and input characteristics is computed, and the fluctuation factor for each IMF is defined. IMFs are categorized based on a threshold, leading to a hybrid prediction model. This model integrates convolutional neural networks (CNNs) for spatial information and bidirectional long short-term memory (BiLSTM) networks with an attention mechanism for learning from past and future data points. Comparative evaluations of mean absolute percentage error, root mean square error, mean absolute error, and goodness of fit (R2) show that the proposed model outperforms existing LSTM and CNN–BiLSTM frameworks, reducing RMSE by at least 20% and increasing R2 by approximately 10% on average. The model's practical significance lies in improving the accuracy and efficiency of meteorological forecasting and flood warning systems, contributing substantially to global disaster preparedness and response strategies.

  • A hybrid model is constructed using eight-dimensional input data from hydrological and meteorological stations. Variational mode decomposition is used for data preprocessing and denoising.

  • The fluctuation factor proposed can categorize the IMFs using mode classification and feature selection.

  • The hybrid model proposed can strengthen the grasp of the essential input characteristics and has better flood prediction accuracy.

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