Geoscience B.A. major and Aviation science minor
Expected graduation date: Spring 2010
Project start: Spring 2009
Project end: Spring 2010
The night sky is a natural resource which may become impaired due to excessive or poorly directed artificial lighting. For my research I will be determining the level and distribution of light pollution in Winona, MN, and the surrounding area. I will accomplish this through a basic study of light pollution in general along with an extensive lighting and night sky quality survey of the city. Data will be collected using light meters, a handheld GPS, and nighttime aerial photography. This data will then be combined and spatially analyzed to create a map of light pollution “hot spots” and night sky quality within the city and the surrounding area. I will give a presentation with my data and findings to promote energy efficient lighting practices and conserving the quality of the night sky for citizens of Winona and the WSU Observatory.
Upon graduation I hope to enroll in graduate school for a master’s degree in Geospatial Information Systems and Remote Sensing. Prospective schools currently include St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota, and Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.
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