Deep shared representation learning for weather elements forecasting

Siamak Mehrkanoon*

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The accuracy and reliability of weather forecasting are of importance for many economic, business and management activities. This paper introduces novel data-driven predictive models based on deep convolutional neural networks (CNN) architecture for temperature and wind speed prediction in weather data. In particular, the proposed deep learning framework employs different upgrading versions of the convolutional neural networks i.e. 1d-, 2d- and 3d-CNN. The introduced models exploit the spatio-temporal multivariate weather data for learning shared representations using historical data and forecasting weather elements for a number of user defined weather stations simultaneously in an end-to-end fashion. The embedded feature learning component of the models as well as coupling the learned features of different input layers have shown to have a significant impact on the prediction task. The proposed models show promising results compared to the classical neural networks architecture used for modeling nonlinear systems. Two experimental setups have been considered based on a dataset collected from the Weather Underground website at six stations located in Netherlands and Belgium as well as a larger dataset with higher temporal resolution from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) at five stations located in Denmark. First, we focus on simultaneously predicting the temperature of two main stations of Amsterdam and Brussels for 1-10 days ahead. The second experiment concerns wind speed prediction at three weather stations located in Denmark for 6 and 12 h ahead. The obtained numerical results show that learning new shared representations of the weather data by means of convolutional operations improves the prediction performance. (C) 2019 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-128
Number of pages9
JournalKnowledge-Based Systems
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2019


  • Deep learning
  • Weather forecasting
  • Convolutional neural networks
  • Dimensionality reduction
  • Representation learning


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