Articles | Volume 25, issue 2
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 831–850, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-831-2021
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 831–850, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-831-2021

Research article 19 Feb 2021

Research article | 19 Feb 2021

Objective functions for information-theoretical monitoring network design: what is “optimal”?

Hossein Foroozand and Steven V. Weijs

Model code and software

monitoring_network_objectives: v1.0.0 Steven Weijs and Hossein Foroozand https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4323537

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In monitoring network design, we have to decide what to measure, where to measure, and when to measure. In this paper, we focus on the question of where to measure. Past literature has used the concept of information to choose a selection of locations that provide maximally informative data. In this paper, we look in detail at the proper mathematical formulation of the information concept as an objective. We argue that previous proposals for this formulation have been needlessly complicated.