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Front. Artif. Intell., 13 May 2021 |

Editorial: Machine Learning for Water Resources

  • 1Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain
Editorial on the Research Topic Machine Learning for Water Resources

The last years have seen a dramatic increase in the amount of data available to model Earth and environmental systems, thanks to new sensing technologies and open data policies. At the same time, innovative machine learning approaches are being developed, that are ideal tools to extract information from this large amount of data. This conjunction of more data and improved algorithms has a strong impact on research carried out in hydrology and hydrogeology, where non-linear processes are ubiquitous. This is reflected in the papers contained in this Research Topic on Machine Learning for Water Resources. These papers spread a wide range of domains, reflecting the richness in application domains, the wealth of data available, and the diversity of machine learning approaches.

The papers in this Research Topic show the great interest and potential of future developments for artificial intelligence in hydrology. The result is that the contributions are very varied, and we will not attempt to summarize them all here; instead we encourage readers to delve into these papers themselves.

Author Contributions

GM and JG contributed equally to this Research Topic.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.

Keywords: water, hydrology, hydrogeology, algorithms, water quality, machine learning, AI

Citation: Mariethoz G and Gómez-Hernández JJ (2021) Editorial: Machine Learning for Water Resources. Front. Artif. Intell. 4:699862. doi: 10.3389/frai.2021.699862

Received: 24 April 2021; Accepted: 29 April 2021;
Published: 13 May 2021.

Edited and Reviewed by:

Matthew McCabe, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Copyright © 2021 Mariethoz and Gómez-Hernández. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

*Correspondence: Gregoire Mariethoz,

Editorial on the Research Topic Machine Learning for Water Resources