Tarren Peterson, a second-year student in the Masters in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MSCAPP) program at the Harris Public Policy, paired up with Harris Assistant Professor Amir Jina on a project using remote sensing methods to identify and classify large patches of plastic in the ocean. He is helping the project team scale the analysis by speeding up the existing data pipeline and moving the computation to the Research Computing Cluster at the University.

“I am deeply interested in the application of methods like remote sensing for climate adaptation amongst smallholder farmers in the developing world. There are not many classes at the University that focus explicitly on remote sensing methods, so it is helpful to gain experience through this project. I hope to apply to Geospatial Data Science positions after graduation this summer and I think this project will be my best preparation.”