Understanding the demographic implications of climate change: estimates of localized population predictions under future scenarios of sea-level rise

Type

Journal Article

Author(s)

Curtis, K.
Schneider, A.

Title

Understanding the demographic implications of climate change: estimates of localized population predictions under future scenarios of sea-level rise

Year

2011

Journal

Population & Environment

Vol (No), pp

33(1), 28-54

Abstract

Significant advances have been made to understand the interrelationship between humans and the environment in recent years, yet research has not produced useful localized estimates that link population forecasts to environmental change. Coarse, static population estimates that have little information on projected growth or spatial variability mask substantial impacts of environmental change on especially vulnerable populations. We estimate that 20 million people in the United States will be affected by sea-level rise by 2030 in selected regions that represent a range of sociodemographic characteristics and corresponding risks of vulnerability. Our results show that the impact of sea-level rise extends beyond the directly impacted counties due to migration networks that link inland and coastal areas and their populations. Substantial rates of population growth and migration are serious considerations for developing mitigation, adaptation, and planning strategies, and for future research on the social, demographic, and political dimensions of climate change.

Citation

Curtis, K., & Schneider, A. (2011). Understanding the demographic implications of climate change: estimates of localized population predictions under future scenarios of sea-level rise. Population & Environment, 33(1), 28-54. URL : http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11111-011-0136-2

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