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https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-831-2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-831-2021
Research article
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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

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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.