GIS-based modeling of drought and historical population change on the Canadian Prairies

Type

Journal Article

Author(s)

McLeman, R.
Herold, S.
Reljic, Z.
Sawada, M.
McKenney, D.

Title

GIS-based modeling of drought and historical population change on the Canadian Prairies

Year

2010

Journal

Journal of Historical Geography

Vol (No), pp

36(1), 43-56

Abstract

This article describes the development of a GIS-based model of historical drought and population change in western Canada, designed to support qualitative field research into drought adaptation and migration. The model combines digitized census data and recently available modeled historical climate data at a 10 km2 grid cell scale and can be used to generate maps of ‘hotspots’ where historical declines in rural populations may be associated with extended periods of heat and lack of precipitation. The results suggest a promising avenue for expanding and refining GIS-based modeling of historical human–climate interactions to support qualitative research and to potentially serve as a stepping stone toward forecasting future risk areas of drought-related migration in continental dryland areas.

Citation

McLeman, R., et al. (2010). “GIS-based modeling of drought and historical population change on the Canadian Prairies.” Journal of Historical Geography. 36(1), 43-56. URL : http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305748809000498

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