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Honors Thesis


The tropical nature of Florida’s climate allows for a variety and unpredictability in conditions. The main focus of this study is to examine such variety. With conditions ranging from extreme flooding in the rainy season (June to October) to extreme drought in the dry season (November to May), it is important to study and document past climatic conditions, their effects, and the possibility of reoccurrence. The objective of this research is to utilize remote sensing and GIS techniques in the investigation of changes in the surface area of Lake Okeechobee. This lake is located in southern Florida, which is known for its drought and flooding potential. After examining the changes in lake surface area, the identified trends will then be used in a predictive statistics model to forecast possible future changes in the lake’s surface area. These forecasted changes can then be used to tell a story about the potential for drought and/or flooding in South Florida’s near future.

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