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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 at CIESIN, 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 Scientific Committee of the International Science Council World Data System (ISC-WDS), and co-author of the bi-annual Environmental Performance Index (EPI). He is a geographer whose research interests focus on the human aspects of global environmental change and geospatial data applications, integration, and dissemination. He is lead author of articles appearing in Annual Reviews of Environment and ResourceClimatic ChangeEnvironmental Research Letters,Global Environmental ChangeScience, and Scientific American. He has written on a range of topics, including population dynamics and the environment; climate vulnerability mapping; urban climate risk and vulnerability; 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. A full list of articles is available on ORCID.

Selected Publications

de Sherbinin, A., A. Bukvic, G. Rohat, M. Gall, B.McCusker, B. Preston, A. Apotsos, et al. 2019. Climate vulnerability mapping: A systematic review and future prospectsWIREs Climate Change.

Rigaud, K.K., A. de Sherbinin, B. Jones, J. Bergmann, V. Clement, K. Ober, J. Schewe, S. Adamo, B. McCusker, S. Heuser, and A. Midgley. 2018. Groundswell: Preparing for Internal Climate Migration. Washington DC: World Bank.

de Sherbinin, A. and L. Bai. 2018. “Geospatial Modeling and Mapping.” In Routledge Handbook of Environmental Displacement and Migration. eds. Robert McLeman and François Gemenne.

de Sherbinin, A., A. Apotsos, and J. Chevrier. 2017. Mapping the future: policy applications of climate vulnerability mapping in West AfricaThe Geographical Journal 183, no. 4: 14–425.

de Sherbinin, A., and G. Bardy. Social vulnerability to floods in two coastal megacities: New York City and Mumbai. 2016. Vienna Yearbook of Population Research 13:131–165.

de Sherbinin, A., T. Chai-Onn, M. Jaiteh, L. Pistoles, V. Mara, E. Schnarr, S. Trzaska. 2015. Data integration for climate vulnerability mapping in West AfricaISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 4(4): 561–2582.

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).

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

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).

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. 

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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