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Symposium on Human Dynamics Research: Modeling Human Dynamics in Coupled Natural-Human Systems II

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group, Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group
Organizers: Lei Zou, Nina Lam, Xinyue Ye
Chairs: Qunshan Zhao


Aims and Scopes:

Human communities are vulnerable to threats from global environmental changes, including global warming, sea-level rise, and increasingly frequent natural hazards. Meanwhile, human development such as urbanization and exploration are changing the landscape and biodiversity of the natural environment. Therefore, interdisciplinary research on the interactions between human dynamics and the natural environment is highly needed, especially at large spatial-temporal scales. The goal of this session is to promote a discussion on modeling human dynamics in coupled natural-human (CNH) systems. This session welcomes presentations using remote sensing, social surveys, social media, crowdsourcing, spatial modeling, geostatistics, and machine learning to answer questions on how human systems respond to a dynamic environment through migration and planning. We are especially excited about abstracts that make a strong effort to incorporate the interactions between these systems into the discussion.

Potential topics include, but not limited to, the following:
• Impacts of climate change and natural hazards on population migration and urban growth;
• Impacts of human activities on environmental changes, such as land loss, deforestation, and decreasing biodiversity;
• Applications of geospatial big data (e.g., social media, volunteered geographic information, remote sensing, distributed sensors, portable sensing, and sensor networks, etc.) on human dynamics modeling;
• Short-term and long-term community resilience assessment and modeling;
• Scale effects on coupled natural-human system modeling;
• Challenges in integrating human and natural systems in spatial modeling.

To present a paper in this session, please email your presenter identification number (PIN) to Dr. Lei Zou at We look forward to your participation!


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Kenan Li*, University of Southern California, Nina Lam, Louisiana State University, Heng Cai, Texas A&M University, Lei Zou, Texas A&M University, John Wilson, University of Southern California, Assessing the sustainability of Coupled Natural-Human systems using coupled differential equations 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Clare Cannon*, UC Davis, Kevin Gotham, Tulane University, The Climate Change Double Whammy: Flood Damage and the Determinants of Flood Insurance Coverage, the Case of Post-Katrina New Orleans 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Kyle Buck*, Environmental Protection Agency, David Ferguson, US EPA, Data Needs for Revitalization Planning and Advancement: A Comprehensive Evaluation of Social and Natural Associations (CESNA) 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Laura E Krauser*, University of Louisville, Forrest R. Stevens, University of Louisville, Andrea E. Gaughan, University of Louisville, Son Nghiem, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Changing Agricultural Landscapes: a Mixed-Methods Investigation of Dragon Fruit Production in Southern Vietnam 15 12:00 AM
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