The SaLIS 2017 Best Student Paper Award was awarded to Dr. Jinwon Chung for his paper entitled “Comparing Kestrel 3000 handheld weather meter measurements of temperature and relative humidity against those of the WEKSLER Sling Psychrometer (Model# 315-1).” Surveying and Land Information Science (SaLIS) is the professional journal of the American Association for Geodetic Surveying (AAGS). His paper investigates whether modern digital handheld weather meters are as accurate as sling psychrometers observations for temperature and humidity, such as those collected for computing corrections to angle and distance observations. The investigators chose to focus on the Kestrel 3000 due to its wide availability, low cost, and ease-of-use. The results suggest that these devices will likely be reliable for the purposes of land surveying.
Dr. Chung received his Ph.D. from the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut in 2017. His dissertation is entitled An Accuracy Study of RTK GNSS Positioning Applied to Comparing Maps for Bentgrass Habitat Modeling
Each year a committee reviews the papers published in SaLIS that were written by a student author, or as the lead author among co-authors. If one of those papers is deemed worthy, then the paper is given the Best Student Paper Award for that year, and the student authors split a cash award of $1000.
(Citation: Chung, Jinwon and Meyer, Thomas H. (2017) Comparing Kestrel 3000 handheld weather meter measurements of temperature and relative humidity against those of the WEKSLER Sling Psychrometer (Model# 315-1). In Surveying and Land Information Science, 72 (2): 131-144.)