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Earth Institute Research Projects

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
Active
Central America ; North America ; Africa ; Florida ; New York City, NY ; New York ; Syria ; South Sudan ; Honduras ; Somalia ; Puerto Rico
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: 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.

SPONSOR:

University of Florida

ORIGINATING SPONSOR:

Department of the Army,Army Research Office

FUNDED AMOUNT:

$285,916

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY COLLABORATORS:

Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR)

WEBSITE:

http://murimigration.org/

PUBLICATIONS:

Publications currently here: http://murimigration.org/our-work/

DATASETS: Database under development: http://murimigration.org/data/

KEYWORDS

human mobility migration environmental modeling climate change environmental change social dynamics dynamical system modeling bayesian inference analyses migration theories climate modeling multilayer network approaches hydrological modeling

THEMES

Modeling and Adapting to Future Climate