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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
FEMA Mapping Changes Webinar


Migration Induced by Sea-level Rise Could Reshape the US Population Landscape Webinar
Location:  Online
Time:  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 

Online - Webinar
July 12, 2017
12:00pm 1:00pm Eastern Time

Many sea level rise (SLR) assessments focus on populations presently inhabiting vulnerable coastal communities, but to date no studies have attempted to model the destinations of these potentially displaced persons. With millions of potential future migrants in heavily populated coastal communities, SLR scholarship focusing solely on coastal communities characterizes SLR as primarily a coastal issue, obscuring the potential impacts in landlocked communities created by SLR induced displacement. Here I address this issue by merging projected populations at-risk of SLR with migration systems simulations to project future destinations of SLR migrants in the United States (U.S.). I find that unmitigated SLR is expected to reshape the U.S. population distribution, potentially stressing landlocked areas unprepared to accommodate this wave of coastal migrants– even after accounting for potential adaptation. These results provide the first glimpse of how climate change will reshape future population distributions and establishes a new foundation for modelling potential migration destinations from climate stressors in an era of global environmental change.

Presenter: Matt Hauer is a recent doctoral graduate in geography with academic training spanning sociology, demography and population geography, or “spatial demography.” He displays remarkable acumen in identifying timely policy-relevant research topics and is recognized for his dissertation, which explored sea level rise and human migration. He developed his own population projection methods that addressed the limitations of existing approaches, and, working with detailed geographic assessments of sea level, he generated the first national projections of sea level rise-induced migration and its impacts. He has already developed a keen ability to communicate his research in a variety of governmental and nongovernmental settings and is a sought-after speaker and participant in policy-making. Hauer is currently a faculty member at UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government and serves as director of the CVIOG Applied Demography Program.



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