a closer look • Environmental Informatics Monitoring Systems Danny Mehta IS 590 Dr. Mike Frame Spring 2013
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.
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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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.
continued . . . -- 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):
continued . . . -- 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):
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.