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I work extensively in assessing the environmental impacts of climatic hazards and applying geographic information systems (GIS) and data visualization to scientific data generation and communication.
Currently, I am studying drought and climate change in the Southwest and examining how their effects vary across the region’s complex terrain and various ecosystems. For example, droughts and warmer temperatures can act alone or in tandem to bring about conditions of higher water stress. But due in part to terrain in the Southwest ranging from below sea level to above treeline and producing diverse climatic and biotic zones, the spatial patterns of such conditions vary tremendously.
Another area of study for me is climate change and sea level. In the context of sea level changes of the past, present, and future, I model areas susceptible to sea level rise through the spatial analysis of digital elevation models at global and regional scales.
Most recently, I began a project that integrates traditional analysis techniques from the atmospheric and related sciences with geospatial data modeling to investigate regional climatic hazards and their impacts. In addition to aggregating climate data in a state-of-the-art geographic information system (GIS), this new project will promote web map visualization tools that enable the public to view geospatial data from new and potentially powerful research perspectives.