Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Evapotranspiration, Geography, Las Vegas, Remote Sensing, Water
Las Vegas, Nevada, is a rapidly growing arid city that is experiencing significant challenges in water consumption. Most of the water is used outdoors, precluding recycling and reuse of water. With a large increase in population, the Southern Nevada Water Authority created the Water Smart Landscape Program to limit outdoor water usage. This study used remote sensing images and techniques to examine how much water was lost to the atmosphere through evapotranspiration (ET) in the Las Vegas metropolitan region from 1999 to 2009. The results showed that both extreme weather conditions and water policy influence ET rates.
Belli, Joseph, "Effects of Water Conservation on Evapotranspiration in Las Vegas, Nevada" (2011). Master's Theses. Paper 3911.