Two journal articles by CIESIN scientists have been published recently focusing on climate vulnerability mapping and on urban growth and water access in Africa. Alex de Sherbinin, associate director for science applications, is lead author of a paper in The Geographical Journal, “Mapping the Future: Policy Applications of Climate Vulnerability Mapping in West Africa.” Co-authors are Alex Apotsos and Jeremy Chevrier of the United States Agency for International Development. The paper documents the development of climate vulnerability maps for three Sahelian countries―Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger―and for coastal West Africa. It focuses on the way the maps were designed to meet decision-making needs and their ultimate influence and use in policy contexts.
The paper, “Urban Growth and Water Access in Sub-Saharan Africa: Progress, Challenges, and Emerging Research Directions,” appears in the journal, Science of the Total Environment. Lead author Stéphanie dos Santos of the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Laboratoire Population-Environnement-Développement (IRD/AMU) in Marseille, France, was an expert contributor to a Population-Environment Research Network (PERN) online seminar on water and population dynamics held in October 2015. Co-authors of the paper include de Sherbinin and CIESIN research scientist Susana Adamo, who are the co-coordinators of PERN. The paper reviews empirical knowledge of urban dynamics and water issues in sub-Saharan Africa and provides research recommendations.
Geographic information specialist Linda Pistolesi, Adamo, and senior research staff assistant Olena Borkovska have also published a short article in the “Data Points″ section of the Fall 2017 issue of PAA Affairs, the quarterly newsletter of the Population Association of America. The article describes mapping of the subnational total dependency ratio (TDR) using the forthcoming global age and sex structure grids from the Gridded Population of the World version 4 (GPWv4) data collection.