Climate Change Migration Workshop

Climate Change Migration and Displacement: Presenting Results and Charting a Research Agenda

Alex de Sherbinin, associate director for Science Applications at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), organized a seminar on climate change and migration as part of launch activities for the World Bank report Groundswell: Preparing for Internal Climate Migration, for which CIESIN and partners at CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR) and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research conducted migration modeling.

The event, held  March 20, 3–5pm, at Lerner Hall, Columbia University, featured preliminary remarks by Stephen Hammer, head of climate policy for the World Bank, followed by a presentation on modeling methods and results, and an expert panel. The panel was moderated by Marc Levy, CIESIN deputy director, with panelists Richard Seager, Lamont-Doherty research professor; Craig Spencer, M.D., faculty of the Program on Forced Migration and Health, Mailman School of Public Health; Amali Tower, executive director, Climate Refugees; Sarah Rosengaertner, international migration expert, Columbia University Global Policy Initiative; and Richard Balme, visiting scholar from SciencesPo at SIPA.

The event was attended by more than 60 researchers and interested individuals, including climate-migration researchers at CUNY, Princeton University, and New York University.