|Papers from the 2001 Open Meeting
December 1, 2001
Papers and posters presented at the 2001 Open Meeting of the
Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Research Community
are now available for download. A search interface allows searching
on author, title, and abstract fields.
on Arsenic in Drinking Water
November 26-27, 2001
Columbia University’s Superfund Basic Research Program (SBRP)
sponsored the International Symposium on Arsenic in Drinking Water.
For more details see: http://superfund.ciesin.columbia.edu/
|Metadata Training Class
|October 9-10, 2001
In conjunction with the Open Meeting, CIESIN conducted training
on the preparation of geospatial metadata to support research
and applications on the human dimensions of global environmental
change. The training focused on the Content Standard for Digital
Geospatial Metadata. The course was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Support for this course was provided by the Federal Geographic
Data Committee (FGDC) Cooperative Agreement Program.
Information on the training class is available at:
|2001 Open Meeting of the
Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Research Community
October 6-8, 2001
The 2001 Open Meeting of the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental
Change Research Community was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on
October 6-8, 2001. The Open Meeting was organized by the Brazilian
Academy of Sciences, the Inter-American Institute for Global Change
Research (IAI), the International Human Dimensions Programme on
Global Environmental Change (IHDP), and CIESIN. Marc Levy, CIESIN
Associate Director for Science Applications,was a co-chair of
the International Scientific Planning Committee.
Information about the meeting is available at: http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/openmeeting/
|LDEO Open House
October 6, 2001
CIESIN participated in LDEO's Open House.
|Disaster Hotspots Workshop
CIESIN helped to organize and host a joint workshop on "Assessment
of High Risk Disaster Hotspots" co-sponsored by the World
Bank's Disaster Management Facility (DMF) and Columbia University's
new Center for Hazards and Risk Research (CHRR) . The workshop
reviewed the scientific basis for defining and comparing natural
disaster risks of different types by combining hazard data with
spatially detailed estimates of potentially vulnerable human populations
and their infrastructure, economic activities, and coping capacities.
Some 35 experts covering a range of hazards, disciplines, and
approaches participated, including 7 from Europe.
Workshop materials are being made available at: http://www.proventionconsortium.org/conferences/highriskhotspots.htm
|September 2001, Measure for Measure, NASA Earth
|SEDAC distributing ORNL LandScan 2000
|August 28, 2001
The LandScan data set is a worldwide population
database compiled on a 30" X 30" latitude/longitude
grid. Census counts (mainly at sub-national level) were apportioned
to each grid cell based on probability coefficients, which are
based on proximity to roads, slope, land cover and nighttime lights.
2000 has been developed as part of the Oak
Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Global Population Project
for estimating ambient populations at risk. The LandScan files
are available on our ftp server in Band Interleaved by Line (BIL)
format by continent and in ESRI grid format for the world.
|August 2001, Location,
Location, Location, NASA Earth Observatory, read
August 2001, Life on the Brink, NASA Earth
|Two New Publications Available
|July 16, 2001
CIESIN is pleased to announce
the availability of two new publications: A Guide to Global
Population Projections and Report of the Workshop on Remote
Sensing Applications at the State and Local Level.
A Guide to Global Population Projections is an article
published in the online, peer-reviewed journal Demographic Research.
Prepared by Brian C. O'Neill of Brown University, Deborah Balk
and Melanie Brickman of CIESIN, and Markos Ezra of Brown, this
guide provides an in-depth review of available global population
projections and their underlying data, methods, and assumptions.
The full text of the 90-page report is available as a Portable
Document Format (PDF) file at: http://www.demographic-research.org/
(Volume 4, Article 8). An html version is in preparation.
The Report of the Workshop on Remote Sensing Applications
at the State and Local Level, edited by Francesca Pozzi of
CIESIN, summarizes discussions at a workshop held at CIESIN on
February 23, 2001. This 30-page report is now available online
as a PDF file at: http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/remote_sens/.
| Columbia University's Superfund Basic Research
Program (SBRP) Web Site
June 1, 2001
CIESIN is hosting the Web site for Columbia University's Superfund
Basic Research Program (SBRP) on Health Effects and Geochemistry
of Arsenic and Lead. Supported by the National Institute of Environmental
Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA), the project is an interdisciplinary, collaborative effort
including faculty and staff from Columbia's Mailman School of
Public Health, the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Lamont-Doherty
Earth Observatory, the Henry Krumb School of Mines, and CIESIN.
Encompassing seven research projects, three research support core
laboratories, and a training core, the Columbia SBRP's goal is
to assist in the development and application of new knowledge
regarding the bioavailability of soil lead in humans and the bioavailability,
health effects, and geochemistry of arsenic. Field research is
undertaken in both Bangladesh and at selected Superfund sites
in the USA. The Columbia SBRP offers several seminars throughout
the year that are open to the public. On November 26 & 27,
2001, it will be sponsoring the International Symposium on Arsenic
in Drinking Water.
For more details about the program, please see: http://superfund.ciesin.columbia.edu/
|June 2001: Columbia
to Host Trans-Atlantic Air Pollution Workshop June 12 to 15 read
|Beta Release of Online Crop Yield/Climate Database
May 4 , 2001
"Potential Impacts of Climate Change
on World Food Supply: Data Sets from a Major Crop Modeling Study."
This new interactive Web site is hosted by CIESIN's Socioeconomic
Data and Applications Center (SEDAC).
The site provides access to data developed by Cynthia Rosenzweig
and Ana Iglesias of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
(GISS) on projected crop yield changes for major world regions
based on climate model estimates, increased atmospheric carbon
dioxide concentrations, and alternative adaptation scenarios.
The interactive query interface permits users to view the projections
of crop yield changes by countryor region; climate model scenario;
or commodity type. Extensive information is provided online on
the study's methodology, inputs, and limitations and on related
CIESIN hosted a Workshop on Photooxidants, Particles, and Haze
across the Arctic and North Atlantic: Transport Observations and
Models, at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades,
New York on 12-15 June 2001. The purpose of this workshop was
to bring together international experts from the global and regional
atmospheric chemistry communities to assess the current state
of knowledge, identify research needs, and improve coordination
of research efforts with regard to a series of specific scientific
questions of interest to the international environmental policy
and research communities. The workshop was sponsored by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada, in coordination
with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe European
Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (EMEP) and the Arctic Monitoring
and Assessment Program (AMAP).
For further information, see: http://ciesin.columbia.edu/pph/
|Population Environment Research Network (PERN)
February 23, 2001
The Population Environment Research Network seeks to promote
scientific exchange in the emerging interdisciplinary field of
population/environment research. It includes a cyberseminar series,
a searchable bibliographic research database, and updates on conferences
and funding opportunities. The site is co-sponsored by the International
Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) and the International
Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP) on Global Environmental Change,
and hosted by CIESIN through the Socioeconomic Data and Applications
The site is at:
|Remote Sensing User Workshop
CIESIN's Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) sponsored
an informal user workshop on "Remote Sensing Applications
at the State and Local Level" on February 23, 2001 at the
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York. About
twenty representatives from local and state governments and non-governmental
organizations in New York and New Jersey participated. The workshop
addressed issues of the availability of and needs for remotely
sensed data products on the part of local users
A workshop report is available at the workshop WWW site:
| January 2001: CIESIN Study Shows Finland,
Norway and Canada Rank as Top Countries in Environmental Sustainability read
|2001 Environmental Sustainability Index Report
The 2001 Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI) is a measure
of overall progress towards environmental sustainability, developed
for 122 countries. It was developed in collaboration with the
World Economic Forum's Global Leaders for Tomorrow Environment
Task Force and the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy,
and was formally released on Saturday, 27 January 2001 at the
World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
The report and the data are available online at: http://ciesin.columbia.edu/indicators/ESI/