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?
- How do current risk maps created from composite floodplain maps, storm surge maps, and other imagery shape the publics' interpretation of risk?
- How might participatory GIS and other crowd-sourced maps supplement and reveal gaps in official government maps?
I examine some of these implications in my current work with the VORTEX SE program and two NOAA funded grants in which I examine NWS forecaster challenges in issuing overlapping tornado and flash flood warnings. See more information here.