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, 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?