Mountain View, California
Ross has spent the last six years immersed in applying 3D technology to new fields and applications. Ross has headed 72 projects across 21 countries on 5 continents, aiding in the active conservation and digital preservation of endangered sites. His current work has culminated in the Community Conservation Project, which utilizes drone imagery to create high resolution maps, models, and conservation materials for marsh ecosystems. Ross and his Common Solutions team were recently accepted into the Tech Futures Group (read more here).
As part of the CSP program, Ross hopes to better understand the dynamic between coastal communities, government policy, and industry stakeholders to develop solutions to improve management of protected areas.
Read about Ross' Year 2 Capstone
Ross is particularly interested in how data captured by an active citizen scientist community can support an increasing number of projects that drive conservation of endangered natural spaces. Ross’s capstone will address the the compounding challenge that land managers often lack the capacity to capture or analyze the necessary, large-scale data-sets that allow them to assess these changes adequately. In the coming year, Ross will work with leaders in ecological conservation, such as the Heartbeat Initiative, to improve the accessibility and usability of spatial data outputs. These outputs will be interactive maps and metrics that can inform and support the workflows that are currently being employed regardless of a users’ technological ability or financial means.
Having trained and advised teams in Syria and Iraq to document endangered cultural heritage sites during the recent expansion of ISIL, Ross is confident that similar regional approaches can be used for environmental conservation and research. By removing technological barriers to data use and expanding citizen science outreach, Ross hopes to support initiatives that address pressing issues such as land degradation, sea level rise, and development in economically and culturally important ecosystems and communities.