Satellite image of tornado track over western Massachusetts from NASA's Earth Observatory

Satellite image of tornado track over western Massachusetts from NASA's Earth Observatory

Remote Sensing

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