Nikita Dahiya ’21

Investigation of Factors Influencing the Diminishing Everglades Ecosystem through Remote Sensing

The Everglades is an ecosystem located in Southern Florida that is known for having an abundance of natural resources and wildlife. However, the Everglades ecosystem has reduced significantly over the past 30 years due to excessive agriculture, human tinkering, and environmental trends including climate change. In order to examine the change in water flow and climate factors within the ecosystem, I worked with Mr. Koch and Mr. Sawula to create my own Environmental Science project using various satellites and imaging techniques from Google Earth Coding Engine. More specifically, I reviewed the water change intensity, water seasonality, vegetation index, and global soil moisture changes in two contrasting regions I selected for my areas of study. Through gaining a deeper understanding of these changes, scientists will be able to develop a more comprehensive approach to conserve the ecosystem.

If there is one piece of advice that I have to give, I’d say that you shouldn’t be afraid to try something new and explore different fields of science than what you are used to. Nikita Dahiya ’21