EGU General Assembly 2021
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Sensitivity Analysis of the Hyperparameters of CNN for Precipitation Downscaling

Takeyoshi Nagasato1, Kei Ishida2, Kazuki Yokoo3, Masato Kiyama4, and Motoki Amagasaki5
Takeyoshi Nagasato et al.
  • 1Kumamoto University, Japan(
  • 2Kumamoto University, Japan(
  • 3Kumamoto University, Japan(
  • 4Kumamoto University, Japan(
  • 5Kumamoto University, Japan(

Nowadays, a convolutional neural network (CNN), which is a kind of deep neural network has been shown to have high applicability to precipitation downscaling in previous studies. CNN has various hyperparameters, which greatly affect the estimation accuracy. In the field of computer science, researches on hyperparameter settings have been conducted, especially for image recognition. However, there are few studies that investigated the sensitivity analysis of hyperparameters on precipitation downscaling by means of CNN. Therefore, this study conducted a sensitivity analysis of the hyperparameters of CNN for precipitation downscaling. For this study, atmospheric reanalysis data were used as the inputs for precipitation downscaling by means of CNN, and daily average precipitation at the basin level were used as the target data. Then, this study focused on the hyperparameters of CNN that have a great influence on the feature extraction of input data (such as kernel size, number of output channels in the convolutional layer, etc.). Considering that the learning process of CNN has randomness, CNN was trained 200 times for the setting conditions of each hyperparameter and evaluated the estimation accuracy. As the results of detailed sensitivity analysis, it was shown that the estimation accuracy may not be improved even if the structure of CNN deeper. Contrarily, It was also shown that initial conditions such as batch selection and bias in the CNN learning process may have relatively large effects on the learning results.

How to cite: Nagasato, T., Ishida, K., Yokoo, K., Kiyama, M., and Amagasaki, M.: Sensitivity Analysis of the Hyperparameters of CNN for Precipitation Downscaling, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-4400,, 2021.

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