Climate and Ecology

Evaluating Landscape Change

Climate and ecology are key factors to the adaptive strategies and social history and geography of world societies. In the SAIE lab we are engaged in a number of projects that seek to model and understand the relationship between human strategies and ecological change and climate through time. Our research covers a variety of human interactions with the environment such as modeling nomadic mobility and grassland ecology, or coastal community transformation after catastrophic environmental episodes in island Indonesia. Underlying these projects is the SAIE quest to explore the geographic interrelationship of climate change, landcover change, and human adaptations through time.


Environmental Models   |    Human Ecology

 

 

 

Featured Project:

Grassland Climate Simulation

Paleoclimate reconstructions are most commonly derived from isolated and disparate core samples that yield pollen percentages. However the scale of this data is often not commiserate with modeling human-scale ecological responses and strategies.  The goal of this research is to develop new methods and algorithms for modeling the relationship between climate variation and vegetation geography to produce a high resolution reconstruction of environmental change.

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Featured Project:

Coastline Change in Nias

The Nias Island Assessment of Social impact on Ecology (NIASE) Project examines the ecological impact of coastline degradation and social response to intensive environmental change on the island of Nias (Indonesia) after the 2004 tsunami and 2005 earthquake, which radically transformed coastal villages in island Indonesia.  On Nias in particular, the 2005 earthquake caused substantial coastal uplift on the western side of the island, while the eastern coast literally fell into the sea.

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