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Alex de Sherbinin


photo of Alex de Sherbinin, CIESIN associate director for Science ApplicationsAlex de Sherbinin heads the Science Applications Division, and also serves as deputy manager of the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC), co-coordinator of the Population-Environment Research Network (PERN), chair of the CODATA Global Roads Data Development Task Group, and co-author of the bi-annual Environmental Performance Index (EPI). He is an associate member of the Hugo Observatory on Environment and Migration at the University of Liège in Belgium, and a member of the editorial board of the Geographical Journal (GJ).A visiting professor at Hohai University (Nanjing, China), he is a Fellow of the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (Cambridge, UK). A geographer whose research interests focus on the human aspects of environmental change at local, national and global scales, de Sherbinin is lead author of articles appearing in Annual Reviews of Environment and ResourcesClimatic ChangeEnvironmental Research LettersGlobal Environmental ChangeScience, and Scientific American. He has written on a range of topics, including population dynamics and the environment; climate vulnerability mapping; urban climate vulnerability and sustainability; climate change and migration; environmental indicators; and remote sensing applications for environmental treaties.

Alex de Sherbinin holds a PhD in geo-information science and Earth observation from  ITC at the University of Twente (Netherlands), and MA and BA degrees in geography from Syracuse University and Dartmouth College, respectively. Prior to joining CIESIN, he served as a USAID-funded Population-Environment Fellow with the Social Policy Program of International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN, Gland, Switzerland), and a Population Geographer at the Population Reference Bureau (PRB, Washington, DC).

He has profiles on ResearchGate and LinkedIn, and blog postings through the Earth Institute’s State of the Planet blog.

Selected Publications

de Sherbinin, A. 2014. Mapping the unmeasurable? Spatial analysis of vulnerability to climate change and climate variability. PhD diss., University of Twente.

de Sherbinin, A., M. Levy, E. Zell, S. Weber, and M. Jaiteh. 2014. Using satellite data to develop environmental indicatorsEnvironmental Research Letters 9 (8).

Ubukawa, T., A. de Sherbinin, H. Onsrud, A. Nelson, K. Payne, O. Cottray, M. Maron. 2014. A review of roads data development methodologiesData Science Journal 13:45–66.

Oliver-Smith, A., and A. de Sherbinin. 2014. “Something Old and Something New: Resettlement in the Twenty First Century.” In Migration and Humanitarian Crises, ed. S. Martin et al. Oxon, UK: Routledge.

Adamo, S.B., and A. de Sherbinin. 2014. “Migration and Environmental Change in North America (USA and Canada).” In People on the Move in a Changing Climate, Global Migration Issues, vol. 2, ed. Pieguet, E. and F. Laczko. New York: Springer.

de Sherbinin, A. 2013. Climate change hotspots mapping: What have we learned? Climatic Change, 123(1): 23-37.

Claudia Pahl-Wostl, C., C. Giupponi, K. Richards, C. Binder, A. de Sherbinin, D. Sprinz, T. Toonen, and C. van Bers. 2012. Transition towards a new global change science: requirements for methodologies, methods, data, and knowledgeEnvironmental Science and Policy 28:36–47. 

de Sherbinin, A., M. Levy, S.B. Adamo, K. MacManus, G. Yetman, V. Mara, L. Razafindrazay et al. 2012. Migration and risk: net migration in marginal ecosystems and hazardous areasEnvironmental Research Letters 7 (4).

Wilhelmi, O., A. de Sherbinin, and M. Hayden. 2012. “Exposure to Heat Stress in Urban Environments.”  In Ecologies and Politics of Health, ed. Crews, K., and B. King. Oxon, UK: Routledge. 

de Sherbinin, A., M. Castro, F. Gemenne, M.M. Cernea, S. Adamo, et al. 2011. Preparing for resettlement associated with climate changeScience 334(6055): 456–457. 

Adamo, S.B., and A. de Sherbinin. 2011. “The Impact of Climate Change on the Spatial Distribution of Populations and Migration.” Chapter in Proceedings of the Expert Group Meeting on Migration, New York: United Nations Population Division.  

de Sherbinin, A., A. Rahman, A. Barbieri, J.C. Fotso, and Y. Zhu, eds. 2009. Urban Population-Environment Dynamics in the Developing World: Case Studies and Lessons Learned. Paris: Committee for International Cooperation in National Research in Demography (CICRED) (316 pages). 

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