Dr. Susana Beatriz Adamo

Research Scientist, Science Applications, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Columbia Climate School

Adjunct Associate Professor of Climate, Undergraduate Special Concentration and Major in Sustainable Development

Adjunct Associate Professor of Climate, M.A. in Climate and Society

Columbia Climate School

Affiliate Member, Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC)
Affiliate Faculty, Institute of Latin America Studies, Columbia University

Geoscience 214E
61 Route 9W
Palisades, NY 10964


Susana B. Adamo is a research scientist at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (The Climate School, Columbia University), and project scientist at SEDAC (Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center, one of NASA DAACs). She is also an adjunct associate professor of climate in the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development and the Climate and Society Program in the Climate School, and coordinator of the Population-Environment Research Network (PERN). Her research interests include: environmental migration and displacement, social vulnerability and environmental change, dynamics of internal migration in developing countries, and data integration related to demography and environment links, particularly global and regional georeferenced population databases. Among other projects, she has worked on the development of gridded population databases, including topics such as distribution, basic demographic characteristics, and net migration; vulnerability, climate variability and migration in Latin America; migration, cities and climate change; vulnerability to winter storms and air pollution in the US Northwest; and air quality and environmental justice. She holds a B.S. in geography from the University of Buenos Aires, an M.S. in population studies from FLACSO-Mexico, and a Ph.D. in demography/sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.


Sayyed, T., U. Ovienmhada, M. Kashani, K. Vohra, G. Kerr, C. O'Donnell, M. Harris, L. Gladson, A. Titus, S. Adamo, K. Fong, E. Gargulinski, A. Soja, S. Anenberg and Y. (2024) Satellite Data for Environmental Justice: A Scoping Review. Environmental Research Letters. 19(3):033001. DOI 10.1088/1748-9326/ad1fa4

Adamo, S. B. (2023). Future Trends: The Challenges of Climate Displacement. In N. J. Murakami & M. Akilova (Eds.), Integrative Social Work Practice with Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Other Forcibly Displaced Persons (pp. 123-149). Cham: Springer International Publishing. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-031-12600-0

Mello, L., S. Adamo and S. de Paula (2023). Global Environmental Crisis. In Froes de Borja Reis, C. and T. Berringer (eds.) South-North Dialogues on Democracy, Development and Sustainability. Routledge. Chapter 8. https://www.routledge.com/South-North-Dialogues-on-Democracy-Development-and-Sustainability/Reis-Berringer/p/book/9781032470436

Ledien, J., Z. Cucunubá. G. Parra-Henao, E. Rodríguez-Monguí, A. Dobson, S. Adamo, L. Castellanos, M-G Basáñez and P. Nouvellet (2023). From serological surveys to disease burden: a modelling pipeline for Chagas disease. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B. 378:20220278 http://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2022.0278

Ledien, J., Z. Cucunubá, G. Parra-Henao, E. Rodríguez-Monguí, A. Dobson, S. Adamo, M-G. Basáñez, P. Nouvellet (2022). Linear and Machine Learning Modelling for Spatiotemporal Disease Predictions: Force-of-Infection of Chagas Disease. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.  16(7): e0010594. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0010594

Bucherie, A., Hultquist, C., Adamo, S., Neely, C., Ayala, F., Bazo, J., & Kruczkiewicz, A. (2022). A comparison of social vulnerability indices specific to flooding in Ecuador: principal component analysis (PCA) and expert knowledge. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 73, 102897. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2022.102897 

Adamo, S. B., Djalante, R., Chakrabarti, P. G. D., Renaud, F. G., Yalew, A. W., Stabinsky, D., . . . Warner, K. (2021). Editorial Overview: Slow Onset Events related to Climate Change. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 50, A1-A7. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2021.08.003

Stavi, I., Roque de Pinho, J., Paschalidou, A. K., Adamo, S. B., Galvin, K., de Sherbinin, A., Even, T., Heaviside, C., & van der Geest, K. (2021). Food security among dryland pastoralists and agropastoralists: The climate, land-use change, and population dynamics nexus. The Anthropocene Review. https://doi.org/10.1177/20530196211007512

Skirbekk, V., A. de Sherbinin, S. B. Adamo, J. Navarro and T, Chain-Onn. 2020. Religious Affiliation and Environmental Challenges in the 21st Century. Journal of Religion and Demography, 7:231-265. https://doi.org/10.1163/2589742X-12347110 

Leyk, S., A. E. Gaughan, S. B. Adamo, A. de Sherbinin, D. Balk, S. Freire, A. Rose, F. R. Stevens, B. Blankespoor, et al. 2019. The Spatial Allocation of Population: A Review of Large-Scale Gridded Population Data Products and Their Fitness for Use. Earth System Science Data 11(3):1385-409. doi: 10.5194/essd-11-1385-2019 

Kugler, T., K. Grace, D. Wrathall, A. de Sherbinin, D. van Riper, C. Aubrecht, D. Comer, S. Adamo, G. Cervone, et al. 2019. People & Pixels 20 years later: the current landscape and research trends blending population and environmental data. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11111-019-00326-5 

Sathler, D., S. Adamo, E. E. C. Lima, D. Rodrigues Macedo, A. de Sherbinin and P. Kim-Blanco. 2019. Assessing the Regional Context of Migration in the Brazilian Amazon through Spatial Regression Modeling. Applied Geography, 109:102042. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2019.102042. 

Parry, L., C. Radel, S. B. Adamo, N. Clark, M. Counterman, N. Flores-Yeffal, D. Pons, P. Romero-Lankao and J. Vargo. 2019. The (in)visible health risks of climate change. Social Science & Medicine:112448. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112448.

Ramirez-Reyes, C., Brauman, K., Chaplin-Kramer, R., Galford, G., Adamo, S., Anderson, C. . . . Wright, T. 2019. Reimagining the potential of Earth observations for ecosystem service assessments. Science of the Total Environment. 665:1053-1063. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.02.150  

Xia, H., S. B. Adamo, A. de Sherbinin, and B. Jones. 2019. The Influence of Environmental Change (Crops and Water) on Population Redistribution in Mexico and Ethiopia. Applied Sciences, 9(23): 5219.

Sathler, D., S. Adamo and E. Lima. 2018. Deforestation and local sustainable development in Brazilian Legal Amazonia: an exploratory analysis.  Ecology and Society. 23(2):30 https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-10062-230230 

Dos Santos, S., E. Adams, G. Neville, Y. Wada, A. de Sherbinin, E. Bernhardt, S. Adamo. 2017.  Urban Growth and Water Access in Sub-Saharan Africa: Progress, Challenges, and Emerging Research Directions. Science of the Total Environment. 607-608:497-508. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.06.157 

Stith, M., A. Giannini, J. del Corral, S. Adamo, and A. de Sherbinin. 2016. A quantitative evaluation of the multiple narratives of the recent Sahelian "re-greening". Weather, Climate and Society. 8:67-83 doi:10.1175/WCAS-D-15-0012.1 https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/10.1175/WCAS-D-15-0012.1  

Doxsey-Whitfield, E., K. MacManus, S. Adamo, et al. 2015. Taking advantage of the improved availability of census data: a first look at the Gridded Population of the World, version 4. Papers in Applied Geography. 1(3): 226-234. DOI:10.1080/23754931.2015.1014272  

Hummel, D., S. Adamo, A. de Sherbinin, L. Murphy, R. Aggarwal, L. Zulu , J. Liu and K. Knight. 2013. Inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to population-environment research for sustainability aims: a review and appraisal. Population and Environment. 34(4):481-509 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11111-012-0176-2 

Adamo, S., L. Razafindrazay and A. de Sherbinin. 2012. Áreas de alta vulnerabilidad ambiental en América Latina y el Caribe: Una perspectiva regional a escala subnacional. Notas de Población. 39(94):177-209  http://www.eclac.cl/publicaciones/xml/4/48174/notasdepoblacion94.pdf 

Adamo, S. 2010. Environmental migration and cities in the context of global environmental change. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 2(3):161-165. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877343510000503