Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Statistical Correlation between Economic Activity and DMSP-OLS Night Light Images in Florida
by Forbes, Dolores Jane, M.A., Florida Atlantic University, 2011, 53; 1504157
Abstract (Summary)

The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Optical Line Scan (OLS) instruments collect data from an altitude of approximately 830km above the surface of the Earth. The night light data from these instruments has been shown to correlate by lit area with national level Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and to correlate with GDP at the State level by total radiance value. Very strong correlation is found between the night light data at a new, larger scale, the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) within the state of Florida. Additional statistical analysis was performed to determine which industries within each MSA explain the greatest amount of variance in the night light data. Industrial variables exhibited strong multi-collinearity. It is therefore impossible to determine which industries explain the greatest variance in the night light image data.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Roberts, Charles
Commitee:
School: Florida Atlantic University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 50/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Geography, Remote sensing
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Publication Number: 1504157
ISBN: 978-1-124-94746-4
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