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This page provides links to upcoming and past meetings organized or co-sponsored by CIESIN or its NASA-funded project, Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC). For more information, please contact User Services or the appropriate CIESIN staff member.

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2013
Apr
18

Sustainable Development for Human Security
Working Group MeetingLamont Campus, Palisades, New York

Earth Institute director Jeffrey Sachs and other distinguished speakers will address sustainable development data needs in the context of human security.The all-day working meeting will feature panel sessions on environmental sustainability, economic stability, urban growth, and related data issues. Speakers will include Lee Schwartz of the Office of the Geographer and Global Issues, U.S. Dept. of State; Cynthia Rosenzweig of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University; Ayako Kagawa of the United National Disengagement and Observer Force and the United Nations Cartographic Section; Deborah Balk of the Institute for Demographic Research at the City University of New York; and Marc Levy of CIESIN. Advance registration required at https://calendar.columbia.edu/sundial/webapi/register.php?eventID=64899.
For more info, please contact wwhgd-register@ciesin.columbia.edu.

Sponsors: CIESIN and the World-Wide Human Geography Data Working Group (WWHGD WG)

2012
June
1

Data Gaps for Research and Action on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts, and Adaptation
User WorkshopTucson, Arizona


Approximately 50 participants spanning a range of disciplines, user communities, and world regions attended the workshop, held in conjunction with the Adaptation Futures Conference in Tucson, Arizona.

Sponsors: the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) jointly with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) and the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (UNU-IHDP).

Apr
25

Identifying Lessons for Natural Resources Management in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding
Conference and WorkshopColumbia University, New York City

More than 130 participants explored lessons in strengthening post-conflict peacebuilding through the lens of natural resource management.
A two-day workshop followed the event, focusing on strategies to develop educational and training tools utilizing the new case studies and other relevant material.

Sponsors: CIESIN, Advanced Consortium for Conflict, Cooperation and Complexity (AC4) and the Earth Institute, in partnership with the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

2011
May
16–27

Summer Institute 2010: Climate Information for Public Health
WorkshopLamont Campus, Palisades, New York

Attendees included 10 public health professionals and climate scientists from around the world coming together to learn techniques for integrating meteorological and socioeconomic data with public health data to better understand public health issues and develop intervention programs.

Sponsors: Organized
for the fourth year in a row by the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) and co-sponsored by CIESIN and the Mailman School of Public Health.

2010 
Nov 3–5


Bellagio Conference: Climate Change Displacement and Resettlement
WorkshopBellagio, Italy

Attendees include a multidisciplinary mix of researchers whose work spans resettlement studies, impact assessment, environmental migration, and climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation. Core topics: learning from past experience in dam and development induced resettlement to prepare for future resettlement; risk and impact assessments; and identifying the likelihood of resettlement under adaptation programs and potential financial mechanisms to underwrite the costs.

Sponsors: Organized by CIESIN, in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health and Francois Gemenne of IDDRI/Science Po in Paris.


Sept
21–22
Making Soil Information Widely Available: From the Satellite to the Mobile Phone
Workshop
Lamont Campus, Palisades, New York

25 scientists and information technologists from the Africa Soil Information Service (AfSIS), GlobalSoilMap.Net, the Earth Institute, Google, NASA, and others will convene to identify strategies to integrate new NASA Earth observing missions, cloud computing, and crowd sourcing into planned soil information services.

Sponsors: Co-hosted by CIESIN and the Tropical Agriculture and Rural Environment Program.
May 17–28 Summer Institute 2010: Climate Information for Public Health
WorkshopLamont Campus, Palisades, New York

The hands-on training course for healthcare professionals in developing countries this year has 13 participants. CIESIN’s role is to address the spatial components of attendees’ work by teaching the use of Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Google Maps for Public Health.

Sponsors: Organized
by the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) and co-sponsored by CIESIN and the Mailman School of Public Health.
2009
June
1–12
Summer Institute 2009: Climate Information for Public Health
WorkshopLamont Campus, Palisades, New York

A hands-on training course for healthcare professionals in developing countries. The group of 12 students will learn how to integrate climate data with population data to improve decision-making in both the planning and prevention spheres of health care.

Sponsors: Organized
by the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) and co-sponsored by CIESIN and the Mailman School of Public Health.

Apr
20–24

Geospatial Analysis for Attaining the Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development
WorkshopUniversity of Bonn, Bonn, Germany

This five-day training workshop in geospatial data analysis techniques will take place April 20-24, 2009 (one week prior to the upcoming International Human Dimensions Programme Open Meeting.) Aimed at staff from census bureaus, health ministries, and/or non-governmental organizations in developing countries, the workshop will use geospatial analysis to help guide efforts to meet the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) and promote sustainable development. Digital recording of the training and course materials will be made available on the Web site of PERN (Population-Environment Research Network), hosted by CIESIN.

Sponsors: Hosted by CIESIN, with support from the IUSSP (International Union for the Scientific Study of Population). Registration information.

Feb
2–13
PERN Cyberseminar: Theoretical and Methodological Issues in the Analysis of Population Dynamics and the Environment
online seminar

The theoretical and methodological aspects of research into the population-environment nexus, using an interdisciplinary, social-ecological perspective on population dynamics as a springboard for exploration.
2008
Nov
20–21
Earth Institute Cross-Cutting Initiative Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and Urbanization in Modern China
Workshop—Lamont Campus, Palisades, New York

The Columbia University Medical School has developed a prospective conceptual model that considers how rising economic development leads to increases in urbanization and results in high risk behaviors and exposures for urban populations. CIESIN is hosting the workshop and providing data and methodological expertise on the spatial distribution of populations, and thus changes in the population CVD risk, in light of North-South, rural-urban, and urban-urban migration trends.

Sept
15–17

Integrating Spatial Data
Workshop— University of Campinas (Unicamp), São Paulo state, Brazil

A variety of data integration methods developed by CIESIN will be presented, accompanied by hands-on training exercises using ArcMap and Geoda software packages. Led by CIESIN senior staff associate Alex de Sherbinin and associate research scientist Susana Adamo.

Aug 27 Natural Hazards and Civil Conflict in the Asia-Pacific Region
Working meetingLamont Campus, Palisades, New York

This working meeting brings together colleagues from the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC), and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), along with scientists from the IRI and the LDEO. The main meeting objective was to coordinate efforts to assess risks from eight major natural hazards—earthquakes, floods, cyclones, landslides, tsunamis, drought, volcanoes, and wildfires—and from civil conflict. The project, supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will provide the OCHA Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) with better data and specific recommendations regarding future needs for humanitarian assistance. A public talk held on August 25 provides an opportunity for interactions with the broader Earth Institute community interested in disaster management issues.   

Sponsors: Hosted by CIESIN   
June
2–14
Summer Institute 2008: Climate Information for Public Health
WorkshopLamont Campus, Palisades, New York

Twelve representatives from institutions involved in health care in developing countries, primarily in Africa, are participating in the hands-on training course, which teaches how to integrate local and regional climate information with population data to improve decision-making and enhance public health outcomes. 

Sponsors: Organized by the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) in partnership with CIESIN and the Mailman School of Public Health.
May
21–23
Global Slum Mapping
WorkshopITC headquarters in Enschede, The Netherlands

Workshop participants will work on a short list of 8–10 test case cities to apply consistent methodologies for automated slum identification using a variety of image processing techniques, both to identify the spatial extent and distribution of slums, and in conjunction with survey data, to develop population estimates. CIESIN senior staff associate Alex de Sherbinin and Doherty research scientist Christopher Small will present papers on the integration of poverty and remote sensing data at the urban scale and strengths and limitations of remote sensing for slum mapping, respectively.

Sponsors: Co-organized by CIESIN, together with UN-HABITAT and the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) in the Netherlands.
2007
Dec
13–14

Poverty Mapping Workshop
Hands-on Seminar— Mapping Global Inequality Conference, Santa Cruz, CA

A hands-on seminar in two parts (each session 1 1/2 hrs). Part one:
deconstructing poverty and other measures of well-being; and geographic perspectives on population and poverty data. Part two: where to find georeferenced poverty data sets; and interpretation of maps using alternate data classification schemes. With exercises for creating and interpreting poverty maps to inform policy on poverty alleviation resource allocation. Led by Maria Muniz, research associate, CIESIN.

Sponsor: Hosted by University of California Atlas of Global Inequality, with CIESIN

Oct 29–
Nov 12
PERN Cyberseminar: Hazard Vulnerability in Population-Environment Studies
Online seminar


The investigation of societal vulnerabilities underlying hazard impacts amid the growing awareness of climate change. With background papers by Daniel Hogan and Eduardo Marandola, University of Campinas, Brazil.
Oct
1–2
Global Roads
Data User WorkshopLamont Campus, Palisades, New York
By invitation.
Sept
3–14
PERN-PRIPODE Cyberseminar on Population-Development-Environment Linkages in the Sudano-Sahelian Zone of West Africa
online seminar

Have negative predictions about droughts in this region during the early 1970s and 1980s been borne out, or have agricultural systems coped and adapted to growing population numbers? This cyberseminar held by CIESIN’s Population-Environment Research Network Web site addresses these questions.
June
11–13
PRIPODE: Urban Population, Development, and Environment Dynamics
Workshop—Nairobi

Features selected policy-relevant papers that accurately present some aspect of the current PDE dynamics in a given urban agglomeration, the findings of which can be applied to solving problems associated with rapid urbanization in contexts of high poverty and growing strains on the environment and natural resources. This workshop is part of the PRIPODE program coordinated by CICRED and sponsored by the French Ministry of Foreign Affaires.

Sponsors: CIESIN, with African Population & Health Research Centre (APHRC)and the Committee for International Cooperation in National Research in Demography (CICRED).
Apr 11 Poverty Mapping Workshop: Understanding the Spatial Dimensions of Poverty in the Developing World
Hands-on SeminarColumbia University Morningside Campus, Mathematics Building, Room 410, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

A hands-on seminar in two parts (each session 1 1/2 hrs). Part one covers deconstructing poverty and other measures of well-being; and geographic perspectives on population and poverty data. Part two covers where to find georeferenced poverty data sets; and interpretation of maps using alternate data classification schemes. Features exercises creating and interpreting poverty maps to inform policy on poverty alleviation resource allocation.

Sponsor: CIESIN. Led by Robert Chen, Director, CIESIN; Marc Levy, Associate Director, Science Applications, CIESIN; Maria Muniz, Research Associate, CIESIN; and Bridget Anderson, Staff Associate, CIESIN.

2006
Nov
16–17

Arctic Data Usability and Accessibility Issues
User/Provider Workshop and Public SeminarLamont Campus, Palisades, New York

Members of the applied and research science, data provider, and tool development communities will gather to clearly define system requirements for improving the accessibility and usability of arctic data. The workshop will be followed by a public seminar to discuss polar data issues in the context of the International Polar Year, an international scientific initiative aimed at increasing understanding of the critical role of the polar regions in global processes. Hosted by CIESIN's Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC).

For more information about the workshop, please contact Mark Parsons at National Snow and Ice Data Center. For information about the seminar, please contact Bob Chen, CIESIN interim director.

July
8–21
Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)
Summer MeetingLamont Campus, Palisades, New York

Six Science/Applications communities (“clusters”) will meet around these subjects: Air Quality, Coastal Management, Disaster Management, Ecological Forecasting, Public Health, and Water Management. Technical workshops covered topics such as Web services, GIS, knowledge representation, collaboration technologies, data access, and data quality.

Sponsor: Hosted by CIESIN's Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC).
Apr
10–26
PERN Cyberseminar: Rural Household Micro-Demographics, Livelihoods, and the Environment
Online Seminar

Background paper by Alex de Sherbinin.
Jan
9–10

Rethinking the Estimation and Projection of Urban and City Population
WorkshopColumbia University, New York City

Experts in remote sensing, demography, and the social sciences will discuss the use of remote sensing data to detect and track urban and intra-urban features, systematically and globally.

Sponsor: International Union for the Scientific Study of Population
Co-chair: CIESIN's Deborah Balk, with participation by CIESIN staff.

2005
Oct
9–13

6th Open Meeting of the Human Dimension of Global Environmental Change Research Community
University of Bonn, Germany

Bi-annual meeting for social scientists focusing on global environmental change issues. Major themes: Adaptive Management and Resilience; Coastal Zones, Human Use of Oceans;  Environmental History; Global Environmental Change and Human Security; Globalization and Global Environmental Change; Human Dimensions of Carbon and Water Management, Food, and Health; Industrial Transformation; Insituttional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change; Land-Use, Land-Cover Change; and “Methods in Human-Environment Studies.

Co-sponsor: CIESIN. Serving as session chairs/co-chairs were CIESIN staff Deborah Balk, Robert Chen, Alex deSherbinin, and Marc Levy. Alex de Sherbinin was also a member of the International Scientific Planning Committee.

Sept
5–16
PERN Cyberseminar: Population Dynamics and Millennium Development Goal 7: Ensuring Environmental Sustainability
Online seminar

Rural household micro-demographics, livelihoods and the environment will provide a forum for scholars from around the globe and from a wide range of disciplines to discuss recent research examining the reciprocal relationships among household-level population dynamics, rural livelihoods and the environment.

Co-sponsor: UN Millennium Project
2004
Nov 30
Dec 15

PERN Cyberseminar on Urban Spatial Expansion: The Environmental and Health Dimensions
Online seminar

CIESIN’s Population-Environment Research Network Web site will hold a cyberseminar which featured a background paper by Dr. Charles Redman, Director of the Consortium for the Study of Rapidly Urbanizing Regions; Ms. Nancy Jones, a researcher at the International Institute for Sustainability, Arizona State University; and a distinguished panel of experts.

Sept
21–23
Global Spatial Data and Information: Development, Dissemination, and Use
WorkshopLamont Campus, Palisades, New York

A core set of institutions will assess the coordination of spatial data and information dissemination among key players in the global data community in order to better meet user needs at global as well as regional and national levels. Hosted by CIESIN's Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC).

Co-sponsors: CIESIN with FAO, UNEP, WHO, CGIAR, and CO-DATA
May 13

Extending the Boundaries: Managing and Preserving Geospatial Electronic Records
Workshop Lamont Campus, Palisades, New York

Practitioners and managers from both the geospatial and data archiving communities will meet to address the challenges faced by state and local government personnel in managing and preserving geospatial data and related electronic records.

Sponsor: Hosted by CIESIN.
2003
Oct
16–18

5th Open Meeting of the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Research Community
Montreal, Canada

Bi-annual meeting for social scientists focusing on global environmental change issues. Major themes: Transitions and Change: How does the view that the world is made up of complex coupled systems influence our research; Governance, Markets, and Ethics: What do we know about the institutions that mediate between human behavior and global change; and Poverty and security: How does global change affect those already vulnerable and how does it increase the vulnerability of others?

Co-sponsor: CIESIN. CIESIN's Marc Levy served as co-chair of the International Scientific Planning Committee.

2002
Fall

Disaster Risk Hotspots
WorkshopLamont Campus, Palisades, New York

CHRR participants included LDEO; CIESIN; the International Research Institute for Climate Protection (IRI); and other centers within The Earth Institute of Columbia University.

Co-sponsors:The Disaster Risk Hotspot Project, composed of the Center for Hazards and Risk Research at Columbia University (CHRR), The World Bank, and a number of partner institutions as activities of ProVention Consortium, with funding from the UK Deparment for Development (DFID).

Feb
48

Open GIS Consortium (OGC)
ConsortiumLamont Campus, Palisades, New York

More than 220 members from industry, government, and universities will gather for the next technical and planning committee meetings at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Sponsor: Hosted by CIESIN, with NASA and several other federal agencies as sponsors of this initiative, and Columbia University participating as a coordinating organization.

2001
Oct
6–8
4th Open Meeting of the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Research Community
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Bi-annual meeting for social scientists focusing on global environmental change issues. Major themes: Challenges of Integration in Human Dimensions Research; Urban Sustainable Development; Vulnerabilitya core human dimensions theme; Poverty and the Environment; Trade, the State, and the Environment; and Integrating Human Dimensions Research into Climate Change Assessments.

Co-sponsor: CIESIN. CIESIN's Marc Levy served as co-chair of the International Scientific Planning Committee.
Sept
6–7

Disaster Risk Hotspots
Workshop
Lamont Campus, Palisades, New York

Some 35 experts representing a range of hazards, disciplines, and approaches participated, including seven from Europe.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. CIESIN helped organize and host a joint workshop on “Assessment of High Risk Disaster Hotspots” co-sponsored by the World Bank's Disaster Management Facility (DMF) [later to become the “Hazard Management Unit”] and Columbia University's new Center for Hazards and Risk Research (CHRR).

June 12–15

Photo-oxidant, Particles, and Haze Across the Arctic and North Atlantic: Transport Observations and Models
Workshop
Lamont Campus, Palisades, New York

International experts from the global and regional atmospheric chemistry communities will convene to assess the current state of knowledge, identify research needs, and improve the coordination of research efforts with regard to a series of specific scientific questions of interest to the international environmental policy and research communities. Hosted by CIESIN.

Sponsor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada in coordination with UN/ECE European Monitoring and Evaluation Program (EMEP) and Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP)

Feb 23 Remote Sensing Applications at the State and Local Level
Workshop
Lamont Campus, Palisades, New York


Approximately twenty representatives from local and state governments and non-governmental organizations in New York and New Jersey participated in the workshop, which addressed issues of the availability of and needs for remotely sensed data products on the part of local users. Sponsored by CIESIN's Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC).
2000
Dec
4–5

Remote Sensing and Environmental Treaties:  Building More Effective Linkages
Workshop
Woodrow Wilson International Center, Washington, DC


A targeted and results-oriented discussion on the applications of remote sensing to enhance the effectiveness environmental treaties. Hosted by CIESIN's Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC).

Co-sponsor:The World Conservation Union (IUCN), MEDIAS-France, and the Woodrow Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Project.

May
2–3

Gridding Population Data
User Workshop
Lamont Campus, Palisades, New York


Key developers and users of gridded population databases will meet to foster the exchange of ideas and methods and to stimulate new activities through collaboration.

Sponsors:
Hosted by CIESIN's Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC). Co-sponsored by the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and UNEP



   

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