Assessment of a parallel evolutionary optimization approach for efficient management of coastal aquifers

Ketabchi, H ; Sharif University of Technology | 2015

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2015.09.002
  3. Publisher: Elsevier Ltd , 2015
  4. Abstract:
  5. This study presents a parallel evolutionary optimization approach to determine optimal management strategies of large-scale coastal groundwater problems. The population loops of evolutionary algorithms (EA) are parallelized using shared memory parallelism to address the high computational demands of such applications. This methodology is applied to solve the management problems in an aquifer system in Kish Island, Iran using a three-dimensional density-dependent groundwater numerical model. EAs of continuous ant colony optimization (CACO), particle swarm optimization, and genetic algorithm are utilized to solve the optimization problems. By implementing the parallelization strategy, a speedup ratio of up to 3.53 on an 8-core processor is achieved in comparison with serial model. Based on solution quality and computational time criteria, the CACO robustness is observed in comparison to other EAs. Moreover, the optimization solution of the case study for a scenario of sea-level-rise indicates that a reduction of 20% in groundwater extraction rate is mainly due to the land-surface inundation caused by sea-level rise
  6. Keywords:
  7. Combined simulation-optimization ; Numerical modelling ; Parallel processing ; The Persian Gulf ; Algorithms ; Ant colony optimization ; Aquifers ; Genetic algorithms ; Groundwater ; Groundwater resources ; Hydrogeology ; Numerical models ; Optimization ; Particle swarm optimization (PSO) ; Problem solving ; Sea level ; Combined simulation ; Evolutionary optimizations ; Groundwater numerical models ; Optimal management strategy ; Parallelization strategies ; Shared memory parallelism ; Evolutionary algorithms ; Coastal aquifer ; Land surface ; parallel computing ; sea level change ; three-dimensional modeling ; water management ; Arabian Sea ; Hormozgan ; Indian Ocean ; Iran ; Kish Island ; Persian Gulf
  8. Source: Environmental Modelling and Software ; Volume 74 , December , 2015 , Pages 21-38 ; 13648152 (ISSN)
  9. URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1364815215300475