TY - JOUR
AU - Nzala, Nicholas W.
AU - Ssebiyonga, Nicolausi
AU - Muyimbwa, Dennis
AU - Ssenyonga, Taddeo
PY - 2023/09/30
Y2 - 2024/08/09
TI - A Radial Basis Function Neural Network Algorithm for the Simultaneous Retrieval of Two Meteorological Parameters from Solar Radiation
JF - Tanzania Journal of Science
JA - Tanz. J. Sci.
VL - 49
IS - 3
SE - Physical Sciences
DO - 10.4314/tjs.v49i3.8
UR - https://tjs.udsm.ac.tz/index.php/tjs/article/view/1553
SP - 642-654
AB - <p>Local meteorological parameters are key in understanding the frequency of occurrence of extreme weather conditions such as floods, and droughts, among others. In this study, we present a method for simultaneous retrieval of two weather parameters. The method is based on already measured monthly average values of weather parameters from 2011 to 2016, which were used to train a Feed-forward radial basis function neural network (RBFNN) to obtain a fast and accurate method to compute global solar radiation for specified weather parameters pair. In inverse modelling, a multidimensional unconstrained non-linear optimization was employed to retrieve the weather parameters pair. The new approach was validated using weather parameter data measured at the Department of Physics, Makerere University (0.31° N, 32.58° E, 1200 m). Statistical tools were used to evaluate the method's performance. In the Feed-forward artificial neural network (ANN), the correlation coefficient (R), mean bias error (MnB), root mean square error (RMSE), and mean percentage error (MAPE) were in the ranges 0.80-0.95, -0.0011-0.0077, 0.55-1.04 and 2.49%-5.82%, respectively. The pairs (sunshine hours, relative humidity) and (sunshine hours, minimum temperature) had the highest correlation coefficient of 0.95. In the inverse artificial neural network (ANNi), the R, MnB, RMSE and MAPE were in the ranges 0.3-0.9, 0.01-0.08, 0.51-11.14 and 2.1%-14.5%, respectively. The pair (sunshine hours, relative humidity) had the highest correlation coefficients of 0.92 and 0.62, respectively. The method helps in obtaining weather parameter data sets in places where measuring equipment is lacking or during days when measuring equipment malfunctions.</p>
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