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a closer look

  • Environmental Informatics Monitoring Systems

Danny Mehta

IS 590

Dr. Mike Frame

Spring 2013

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background

The purpose of the dataset is essentially to take a closer look at a natural resource through the simple device of a rain gauge. The aim is to monitor changes, find a way to cull and record data effectively, and present results in a meaningful way.

hypothesis

In Knoxville, TN, between the months of February and April 2013—specifically Feb. 12-Apr. 12—it will rain more than in 2012 and 2011 (not together) over the same time period. Since I think it rained heavily in Dec. 2012, I speculate that there will be more of the same in 2013.

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Rain Gauge Deployment & Process

4831 East Summit Circle

Apartment 154

Knoxville, TN 37919

The gauge was outside the “front yard” of my apartment. I placed it away from any trees that might drip water down and pollute the data. I also made sure there were no overhangs to get in the way, either. It was close enough to my front door that I could keep an eye on it.

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source: http://itouchmap.com/latlong.html

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Data Analysis

-- This is a snapshotof the dataset reflecting the amount of rainfall collected outside my Knoxville apartment between Feb. 12, 2013 and Apr. 12, 2013. Note: Data were not recorded during Spring Break (3/23-3/31).

total rainfall collected

11.1 in.

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-- This is a snapshotof the dataset reflecting the amount of rainfall collected by NCDC/NOOA between Feb. 12, 2012 and Apr. 12, 2012. Note: We are merely concerned with Feb. 12 and on; data for all other days and months mirror this format.

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/IPS/lcd/lcd.html?_finish=0.03718916912439274

= 15.68 in.

Feb. 12-Feb. 28 = 4.06 in.

Mar. 1-Mar. 31 = 6.06 in.

Apr. 1-Apr. 12 = 5.56 in.

total rainfall (including Spring Break days):

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-- This is a snapshotof the dataset reflecting the amount of rainfall collected by NCDC/NOOA between Feb. 12, 2011 and Apr. 12, 2011. Note: We are merely concerned with Feb. 12 and on; data for all other days and months mirror this format.

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/IPS/lcd/lcd.html?_finish=0.030307869286717137

= 12.85 in.

Feb. 12-Feb. 28 = 4.09 in.

Mar. 1-Mar. 31 = 6.38 in.

Apr. 1-Apr. 12 = 2.38 in.

total rainfall (including Spring Break days):

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Conclusions

Personal Rain Gauge Data

(Feb. 12, 2013-Apr. 12, 2013,

excluding Spring Break)

NCDC/NOAA Data

(Feb. 12, 2011-Apr. 12, 2011)

NCDC/NOAA Data

(Feb. 12, 2012-Apr. 12, 2012)

11.1 in.

15.68 in.

12.85 in.

My hypothesis was incorrect. Though I thought 2013 would produce more rainfall, 2012 and 2011 each saw more rain. Even if I had included data from Spring Break into my final calculations, I know that the very slight increase in rainfall would not have made a difference.

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