Abstract: A socio-hydrological model is used to forecast future conditions in a river basin arising from changes in climate and the economy in order to learn about macroeconomic conditions that would yield pathways for sustainable development and how they may be affected by changes in climate and the economy. The study uses a system dynamics model with endogenous social values and preferences and exogenous climate and economic drivers.
By: Merle Eisenberg
As the coronavirus continues to ravage much of the world, government leaders, scientific agencies, and healthcare providers often say that they’re using disease models to inform their decisions and courses of action for fighting the virus. But, what are disease models? How are they developed? And what kinds of things can they tell us?
"The Impact of Climate-Related Natural Disasters on Human Health"
Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are particularly vulnerable to the adverse impact of climatic shocks. The International Network for the Demographic Evaluation of Populations and their Health (INDEPTH) has produced reliable longitudinal data about the lives of people in LMICs through a global network of 48 health and demographic surveillance system (HDSS) sites across 19 countries.
"Global Socioeconomic Drivers of Insect Invasions"
Biological invasions are largely an unintended consequence of globalization. With increasing mobility, humans have accidentally transported organisms around the world, breaking the geographical boundaries that separated species ranges that persisted for millions of years of evolution.
By: Rachel Mason
I’m a million-mile flier with one of the big airlines, and that’s a bittersweet thing to say. The sweetness comes from memories of people and experiences all over the world, but bitterness rises when I think of the carbon footprint of those travels. Most of that flying took place during my previous career as a professional astronomer. Now that my research deals with the effects of rising CO2, abundant travel really doesn’t sit right.