First Advisor

Brenda Glascott

Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science and University Honors


Computer Science




Climate, Heatmap, Python, PostgreSQL, Drought, Database




This is a review of an undergraduate Computer Science Capstone project. The paper discusses the development process, what software tools were used, the challenges faced during the development process, and what the software does. The software described in this paper is a python program that utilizes United States county-scoped climate and drought data from the National Climate Data Center to create visualizations and mathematical calculations. The software has an interactive user interface that displays various graphs, heat maps and calculated values. Elevation and population data estimates for populated areas in most counties is also provided. Users may select any set of counties from the United States, a year range, month range, data type and the type of plot or map to be created. The program runs locally and requires a web connection for data downloading. The datasets are stored on the user's local machine with a PostgreSQL database. This project was completed in twenty weeks by a group of seven computer science students.


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