Vol.128, No.1, 2021, pp.447-487, doi:10.32604/cmes.2021.015528
OPEN ACCESS
REVIEW
A Contemporary Review on Drought Modeling Using Machine Learning Approaches
  • Karpagam Sundararajan1, Lalit Garg2,*, Kathiravan Srinivasan4,*, Ali Kashif Bashir3, Jayakumar Kaliappan4, Ganapathy Pattukandan Ganapathy5, Senthil Kumaran Selvaraj6, T. Meena7
1 School of Information Technology and Engineering, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, 632014, India
2 Faculty of Information and Communication Technology, University of Malta, Msida, MSD2080, Malta
3 Department of Computing and Mathematics, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, M15 6BH, UK
4 School of Computer Science and Engineering, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, 632014, India
5 Centre for Disaster Mitigation and Management, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, 632014, India
6 Department of Manufacturing Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, 632014, India
7 School of Civil Engineering, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, 632014, India
* Corresponding Author: Lalit Garg. Email: ; Kathiravan Srinivasan. Email:
Received 25 December 2020; Accepted 21 April 2021; Issue published 13 August 2021
Abstract
Drought is the least understood natural disaster due to the complex relationship of multiple contributory factors. Its beginning and end are hard to gauge, and they can last for months or even for years. India has faced many droughts in the last few decades. Predicting future droughts is vital for framing drought management plans to sustain natural resources. The data-driven modelling for forecasting the metrological time series prediction is becoming more powerful and flexible with computational intelligence techniques. Machine learning (ML) techniques have demonstrated success in the drought prediction process and are becoming popular to predict the weather, especially the minimum temperature using backpropagation algorithms. The favourite ML techniques for weather forecasting include singular vector machines (SVM), support vector regression, random forest, decision tree, logistic regression, Naive Bayes, linear regression, gradient boosting tree, k-nearest neighbours (KNN), the adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system, the feed-forward neural networks, Markovian chain, Bayesian network, hidden Markov models, and autoregressive moving averages, evolutionary algorithms, deep learning and many more. This paper presents a recent review of the literature using ML in drought prediction, the drought indices, dataset, and performance metrics.
Keywords
Drought forecasting; machine learning; drought indices; stochastic models; fuzzy logic; dynamic method; hybrid method
Cite This Article
Sundararajan, K., Garg, L., Srinivasan, K., Bashir, A. K., Kaliappan, J. et al. (2021). A Contemporary Review on Drought Modeling Using Machine Learning Approaches. CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, 128(1), 447–487.
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