Dr. Alexander de Sherbinin

Senior Research Scientist, Deputy Director and Deputy Manager, NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Columbia Climate School

Adjunct Professor, M.A. in Climate and Society

Columbia Climate School

Lecturer, M.S. in Sustainability Science

Director, Climate Mobility Network

201 Geoscience
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
61 Route 9W, PO Box 1000
Palisades, NY 10964


Dr. de Sherbinin is a geographer whose research interests focus on the human aspects of global environmental change and geospatial data applications, integration, and dissemination. His research and teaching address climate-related mobility; climate vulnerability mapping; urban climate vulnerability; population dynamics and the environment; and environmental sustainability indicators. He has published more than 65 peer reviewed articles, and he has managed projects under contract with NASA, the US Agency for International Development, The World Bank, UN Environment, UNDP’s Global Environmental facility, and multiple foundations. His personal web site has a full list of books, reports, and peer reviewed articles.


Only select projects listed below
Name Start Date End Date
2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) 3/1/17 1/31/18
Anticipatory Analytics for Environmental Stressors Phase 2 1/1/19 12/31/20
Climate Change, Human Mobility, and Securing Resilience-Impact of Climate Change on Population Distribution 1/4/17 2/28/18
Conference: At What Point Managed Retreat? 6/19/19 6/21/19
Environment under Review: Emerging Issues Project Globally 3/28/16 10/31/16
Establishment of the POPGRID Data Collaborative 9/1/17 6/30/20
Groundswell II: Climate Change Migration Analysis for the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program and Ethiopia 10/1/18 3/31/21
Population and Infrastructure on Our Human Planet: Supporting Sustainable Development through Improved Spatial Data and Models for Human Settlements, Infrastructure, and Population Distribution Based on Earth Observations 1/2/18 6/30/22
Population-Environment Research Network (PERN) 1/1/01
SERVIR for USAID West Africa 4/7/16 8/30/21
Socioeconomic Data and Applications Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) for the EOS Data and Information System 8/1/18 7/31/22
Socioeconomic Data and Applications Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) for the EOS Data and Information System 8/1/13 7/31/18
USAID African and Latin American Resilience to Climate Change (ARCC) 10/25/11 3/27/15
Using NASA Earth Science Datasets for National Climate Assessment Indicators: Urban Impacts of Heat Waves Associated with Climate Change 10/11/13 7/25/15
West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change 6/1/15 9/30/20
Addressing Climate-Forced Displacement in Africa 11/9/20 10/1/21
At What Point Managed Retreat? Resilience, Relocation and Climate Justice Conference 6/22/21 6/25/21
Environmental Security in Mali: Improving livelihoods by addressing climate an water risks, land management and transhumance 4/8/21 3/7/22
2022 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) 9/1/21 6/30/22
Preparation of a Report on Climate Migration in Kazakhstan 12/15/21 1/31/22


Only select publications listed below
Name Published Date
A New Dataset Integrating Public Socioeconomic, Physical Risk, and Housing Data for Climate Justice Metrics: A Test-Case Study in Miami 2022
Migration Theory in Climate Mobility Research 2022
Open for Climate Justice: Conversations with Columbia Climate School Researchers 2022
Climate Mobility and Development Cooperation 2021
Curating Big Data on Population and Settlements to Monitor the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2021
The Critical Importance of Citizen Science Data 2021
A Systematic Review of Coastal Vulnerability Mapping 2020
Groundswell : Preparing for Internal Climate Migration 2018
Landsat-Derived Estimates of Mangrove Extents in the Sierra Leone Coastal Landscape Complex during 1990–2016 2018
Mapping the Future: Policy Applications of Climate Vulnerability Mapping in West Africa 2017
Temperature and humidity based projections of a rapid rise in global heat stress exposure during the 21st century 2017
Social vulnerability to floods in two coastal megacities: New York City and Mumbai 2016
Data Integration for Climate Vulnerability Mapping in West Africa 2015
Using satellite data to develop environmental indicators 2014
Climate change hotspots mapping: what have we learned? 2013
Migration and risk: net migration in marginal ecosystems and hazardous areas 2012
What is the role for conservation organizations in poverty alleviation in the world’s wild places? 2008