Earth Institute Staff Directory

Dr. Susana Beatriz Adamo

Research Scientist , Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) , The Earth Institute

61 Route 9W
PO Box 1000
Palisades, NY 10964

BIOGRAPHY: Susana B. Adamo is a research scientist at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (The Earth Institute, Columbia University) and an adjunct assistant professor in the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development in the same university. She is also co-coordinator of the Population and Environment Research Network (PERN), and former member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of IAI (Inter American Institute for Global Change Research).

Her research interests spread across several fields: environmental migration and displacement, social vulnerability and environmental change, dynamics of internal migration in developing countries, rural/urban demography, and all aspects of data integration related to demography and environment links, particularly global and regional georeferenced population databases. Among other projects, she has worked on the development of gridded population databases including topics such as distribution and net migration; vulnerability and climate variability in Latin America; migration, cities and climate change; vulnerability to winter storms in the US Northwest; migration and meningitis in Sahel countries; and land use and population change in Latin American and the Caribbean. She holds a B.S. in geography from the University of Buenos Aires, an M.S. in population studies from FLACSO-Mexico, and a Ph.D. in demography/sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.


Leyk, S., A. E. Gaughan, S. B. Adamo, A. de Sherbinin, D. Balk, S. Freire, A. Rose, F. R. Stevens, B. Blankespoor, et al. 2019. The Spatial Allocation of Population: A Review of Large-Scale Gridded Population Data Products and Their Fitness for Use. Earth System Science Data 11(3):1385-409. doi: 10.5194/essd-11-1385-2019

Kugler, T., K. Grace, D. Wrathall, A. de Sherbinin, D. van Riper, C. Aubrecht, D. Comer, S. Adamo, G. Cervone, et al. 2019. People & Pixels 20 years later: the current landscape and research trends blending population and environmental data.

Sathler, D., S. Adamo, E. E. C. Lima, D. Rodrigues Macedo, A. de Sherbinin and P. Kim-Blanco. 2019. Assessing the Regional Context of Migration in the Brazilian Amazon through Spatial Regression Modeling. Applied Geography, 109:102042. doi:

Parry, L., C. Radel, S. B. Adamo, N. Clark, M. Counterman, N. Flores-Yeffal, D. Pons, P. Romero-Lankao and J. Vargo. 2019. The (in)visible health risks of climate change. Social Science & Medicine:112448. doi:

Ramirez-Reyes, C., Brauman, K., Chaplin-Kramer, R., Galford, G., Adamo, S., Anderson, C. . . . Wright, T. 2019. Reimagining the potential of Earth observations for ecosystem service assessments. Science of the Total Environment. 665:1053-1063.

Xia, H., S. B. Adamo, A. de Sherbinin, and B. Jones. 2019. The Influence of Environmental Change (Crops and Water) on Population Redistribution in Mexico and Ethiopia. Applied Sciences, 9(23): 5219.
Sathler, D., S. Adamo and E. Lima. 2018. Deforestation and local sustainable development in Brazilian Legal Amazonia: an exploratory analysis. Ecology and Society. 23(2):30

Dos Santos, S., E. Adams, G. Neville, Y. Wada, A. de Sherbinin, E. Bernhardt, S. Adamo. 2017. Urban Growth and Water Access in Sub-Saharan Africa: Progress, Challenges, and Emerging Research Directions. Science of the Total Environment. 607-608:497-508.

Stith, M., A. Giannini, J. del Corral, S. Adamo, and A. de Sherbinin. 2016. A quantitative evaluation of the multiple narratives of the recent Sahelian "re-greening". Weather, Climate and Society. 8:67-83 doi:10.1175/WCAS-D-15-0012.1

Sathler, D., S. Adamo and E. Lima. 2015. Mudanças climáticas e mitigação no setor florestal: REDD+, políticas nacionais e desenvolvimento sustentável local na Amazônia Legal. Revista Brasileira de Estudos de População – REBEP, 32(3):619-630

Doxsey-Whitfield, E., K. MacManus, S. Adamo, et al. 2015. Taking advantage of the improved availability of census data: a first look at the Gridded Population of the World, version 4. Papers in Applied Geography. 1(3): 226-234. DOI:10.1080/23754931.2015.1014272

Hummel, D., S. Adamo, A. de Sherbinin, L. Murphy, R. Aggarwal, L. Zulu , J. Liu and K. Knight. 2013. Inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to population-environment research for sustainability aims: a review and appraisal. Population and Environment. 34(4):481-509

Adamo, S., L. Razafindrazay and A. de Sherbinin. 2012. Áreas de alta vulnerabilidad ambiental en América Latina y el Caribe: Una perspectiva regional a escala subnacional. Notas de Población. 39(94):177-209

Adamo, S. 2010. Environmental migration and cities in the context of global environmental change. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 2(3):161-165.