Towards a Multi-Scale Theory on Coupled Human Mobility and Environmental Change
- Lead PI: Dr. Upmanu Lall , Dr. Michael Joseph Puma
Unit Affiliation: Columbia Water Center (CWC)
Unit Affiliation: Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR)
- April 2018 - June 2021
- Central America ; North America ; Africa ; Florida ; New York City, NY ; New York ; Syria ; South Sudan ; Honduras ; Somalia ; Puerto Rico
- Project Type: Research
Project to develop new theory for quantitative modeling of human mobility and to understand how environmental conditions affect migration.
Large-scale environmental changes such as floods, earthquakes, and droughts, can drive social mobility, which often precipitates new population migration patterns that in turn affect health, crime, and sociopolitical instability as humans relocate to access critical resources. However, the ability to model, theorize, and predict the interdependencies among environmental change and human social system dynamics remains a scientific challenge.
OUTCOMES: Analyses of environmental data and its relevance for next generation models of human migration.