Migration and adaptation to climate change Book uri icon

Overview

abstract

  • Migration is one of a variety of ways by which human populations adapt to environmental changes. The study of migration in the context of anthropogenic climate change is often approached using the concept of vulnerability and its key functional elements: exposure, system sensitivity and adaptive capacity. This article explores the interaction of climate change and vulnerability through review of case studies of dry-season migration in the West African Sahel, hurricane-related population displacements in the Caribbean basin, winter migration of ‘snowbirds’ to the US Sun-belt, and 1930s drought migration on the North American Great Plains. In doing so, general causal, temporal and spatial dimensions of climate migration are identified, followed by a discussion of the potential global scale of future climate change-related migration and implications for gender equity and human security.

publication date

  • January 1, 2009

Full Author List

  • Hunter L; McLeman RA