I was very fortunate to be awarded an Austrian Marshall Plan Scholarship for a 3-month period of research (and fun!) in Villach, Austria. For my research, I concentrated on the second study of my dissertation that seeks to improve wind surface estimates for wind storms across Europe by utilizing a geostatistical technique known as cokriging. Cokriging allows for the use of multiple covariates (e.g., elevation, aspect, land cover) to help predict wind speeds based on a potential correlation between the variables. I completed all of my models for the project, presented my research at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, and presented a poster of my research at the International GI Forum in Salzburg. In addition to all of the research, I was able to explore many areas of Austria and Europe and I created a "tourist presentation" here that chronologically illustrates each adventure.
“You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” Yogi Berra