- Testing Reporting Bias in the Florida Sinkhole Database: An Analysis of Sinkhole Occurrences in the Tampa Metropolitan Statistical Area
- Southeastern Geographer
- The University of North Carolina Press
- Volume 48, Number 1, May 2008
- pp. 38-52
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The sinkhole database of the Florida Geologic Survey (FGS) is the primary publicly-accessible database of recent sinkhole occurrence and distribution. However, it does not use a consistent and predictable approach to recording sinkhole occurrences. Thus, the possibility exists that the database is largely a reflection of the distribution of people in sinkhole-prone areas of Florida, rather than a true enumeration of all sinkholes that occur. In order to assess the validity of the data contained within the database, a comparison was made of population distribution and sinkhole occurrences. The results indicate that sinkhole reporting is not associated with population distribution, and that reporting bias is not a major problem with the data contained therein.