CIESIN scientists have recently contributed to a diverse set of publications dealing with climate change, population and human settlement data, and data science and management issues. Associate director for science applications Alex de Sherbinin is a contributing author to Chapter Two, “High Mountain Areas,” in the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere, first released in September 2019. The report highlights both past and projected impacts of climate change on the world′s oceans, polar regions, and high mountain regions, including potential sea level rise. This was the third Special Report produced during the IPCC′s sixth assessment cycle, and like all IPCC reports underwent extensive international scientific peer review.
Research scientist Susana Adamo and de Sherbinin are co-authors of the article, “People and Pixels Revisited: the Current Data Landscape and Research Trends Blending Population and Environmental Data,” in the journal Population & Environment. Tracy Kugler of the University of Minnesota is the lead author. The article cites a range of remote sensing resources for social scientists from the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC). With lead author David J. Wrathall of Oregon State University, de Sherbinin is also co-author of the article, “Meeting the Looming Policy Challenge of Sea-level Change and Human Migration,” appearing in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Robert Downs, senior digital archivist, is a co-author of the article, “A Discussion of Value Metrics for Data Repositories in Earth and Environmental Sciences,” recently published in the Data Science Journal. The lead author is Cynthia Parr of the United States Department of Agriculture. Downs is also a co-author of the Earth Science Information Partners Report, “Understanding the Various Perspectives of Earth Science Observational Data Uncertainty,” by David Moroni of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and others. Downs is lead author of the technical note, “Reuse Readiness Assessment of Data Quality Software Products (ESDS-RFC-039),” co-authored with Hampapuram Ramapriyan of Science Systems and Applications, Inc. and Yang Wei of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The note provides recommendations that were adopted by NASA's Earth Science Data Systems (ESDS) Standards Office in September 2019.