Part of my interest in interdisciplinarity extends to Ph.D. funding, which originated from a fellowship in a Virginia Tech initiative called Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program, or IGEP. My specific interest is in remote sensing technologies--satellites, Doppler radar, and areal photography--and the socialpolitical and ethical nature of its history and use today. Much of my work in this area includes the policy implications of emerging technologies.
- What are the policy implications of using Doppler radar to identify tornado signatures as part of the Impact Based Warning initiative, for example
- How might satellites be used to track various elements of disaster, from tornado tracks to storm surge impacts? Who ought to have access to this information?
- How might participatory GIS and other crowd-sourced maps supplement and reveal gaps in official government maps?