Data and methods in the environment-migration nexus: A scale perspective

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Abstract

The relationship between environment and migration has gained increased attention since the 1990s when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change projected climate change to become a major driver of human migration. Evaluations of this relationship include both quantitative and qualitative assessments. This review article introduces the concept of scale to environment-migration research as an important methodological issue for the reliability of conclusions drawn. The review of case studies shows that scale issues are highly present in environment-migration research but rarely discussed. Several case studies base their results on data at very coarse resolutions that have undergone strong modifications and generalizations. We argue that scale-related shortcomings must be considered in all stages of environment-migration research.

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Authors
  • Lina Eklund
  • Clemens Romankiewicz
  • Martin Brandt
  • Martin Doevenspeck
  • Cyrus Samimi
Organisations
External organisations
  • University of Bayreuth
  • University of Copenhagen
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-152
Number of pages14
JournalDie Erde
Volume147
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes