Problem and Data for 2017 Challenge


THE PROBLEM
Check out the 2017 Challenge Problem!


​​​​​DATA STATEMENT

Multiple government agencies collect a wealth of data on a regular basis. A portion of this data has been compiled and provided. You may choose none, some, or all of this data and/or any additional data sources you may identify while working on this problem.  Be sure to identify all resources used.

  • NPS_MeanSeaLevel
    • This spreadsheet contains data that might be used for Question 1.
    • The first tab has some useful definitions and references.
    • The second tab has the mean sea level trend values for a minimum of 30 years worth of data for the five coastal NPS units of interest.
    • The third tab has monthly values from 1997 to 2016 for the five coastal NPS units of interest.
       
  • NPS_Heat_Index
    • This spreadsheet contains data that might be used for Question 2.
    • The first tab contains the definition of heat index and references.
    • There is one tab each for four of the five coastal NPS units of interest; no information is available for Kenai Fjords National Park.
    • Average, maximum, and minimum monthly heat index values are given from 1991 to 2011. Note that some months have missing data.
       
  • NPS_Hurricanes
    • This spreadsheet contains data that might be used for Question 2.
    • The first tab has some useful definitions and references.
    • There is one tab for each of the five coastal NPS units of interest.
    • Hurricane event information is given from 1995 to 2015.
       
  • NPS_Wildfires
    • This spreadsheet contains data that might be used for Question 2.
    • This file contains information about wildfire episodes for four of the five coastal NPS units of interest; no information is available for Kenai Fjords National Park.
    • The first tab has some useful definitions and references.
    • There is one tab for each of the four coastal NPS units with available wildfire information.
    • Wildfire data is given from 1997 to 2016.
       
  • NPS_Temperature
    • This spreadsheet contains data that might be used for Question 2.
    • The first tab has some useful definitions and references.
    • There is one tab for each of the five coastal NPS units of interest.
    • Monthly temperature data is given from 1997 to 2014.
       
  • NPS_air_quality
    • This spreadsheet contains data that might be used for Question 2.
    • The first tab has some useful definitions and references.
    • There is one tab for each of the five coastal NPS units of interest.
    • Average, maximum, and minimum monthly air quality index values are given from 1995 to 2015.
       
  • NPS_visitor_stats
    • This spreadsheet contains data that might be used for Question 3.
    • The first tab has some useful definitions and references.
    • There is one tab for each of the five coastal NPS units of interest.
    • Monthly and total annual number of visitors are given from 1979 to 2016.

Links you may find useful:

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/socialscience/vse.htm
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0128226
https://www.nature.nps.gov/ParkScience/index.cfm?ArticleID=624&Page=1
https://www.epa.gov/climatechange
https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/climate-information/extreme-events