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

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group, Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group, Cyberinfrastructure Specialty Group
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Day: 4/9/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 9
Organizers: Heng Cai, Lei Zou, Yi Qiang, Nina Lam, Nicholas Magliocca, Tom Evans
Chairs: Heng Cai


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, changes the landscape and biodiversity of the natural environment. The rapidly growing body of geospatial data sets and technologies leads to new opportunities and challenges in modeling the complex human-environment interactions and developing sustainable communities.
This virtual session aims to promote a discussion on modeling human dynamics in integrated social-environmental systems. This session welcomes presentations using remote sensing, social surveys, social media, crowdsourcing, spatial modeling, geostatistics, and machine learning to answer how human systems respond to a dynamic environment through mitigation and planning.
Topics for these sessions include, but are not limited to, the following:
• State-of-the-art technologies and applications in human-environmental interactions.
• Interaction effects of socio-environmental dynamics on food, water, energy securities, disease spread, and public health.
• Impacts of human activities on environmental changes, such as coastal land loss, flooding, deforestation, wildfires, and decreasing biodiversity and natural resources.
• Short-term and long-term community resilience assessment and modeling.
• Scale effects on coupled natural-human system modeling.
• Applications of geospatial big data (e.g., social media, volunteered geographic information, remote sensing, distributed sensors, portable sensing, sensor networks, etc.) on human dynamics modeling.
• Applications of Artificial Intelligence algorithms on socio-environmental dynamics modeling and simulation.
• Geospatial data fusion challenges and considerations in human and natural interactions research.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Elia Axinia Machado*, Lehman College, CUNY, Andrew Simons, Fordham University, NY, Assessing the vulnerability of pastoralism in Northeastern Ethiopia: an analysis of Land Use - Cover change and long term NDVI trends in pastoralists' grazing lands 15 3:05 PM
Presenter Mingzheng Yang*, Department of Geography, Texas A&M University, Lei Zou, Department of Geography, Texas A&M University, Binbin Lin, Department of Geography, Texas A&M University, Bing Zhou, Department of Geography, Texas A&M University, Modeling the spatial dynamics of land loss in the Louisiana Coastal Zone 15 3:20 PM
Presenter Pranab Roy Chowdhury*, University of Washington, Daniel G. Brown, University of Washington, An agent-based evaluation of the impacts of landowner decisions and policy mechanisms in sustaining ecosystem services in Pacific Northwest forests 15 3:35 PM
Presenter Patrick Bitterman*, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Christopher Koliba, University of Vermont, Multiplex and multi-scale: A social-ecological perspective on water governance networks in the Lake Champlain Basin, Vermont 15 3:50 PM
Presenter Leah Marajh*, University of Toronto - Mississauga, Yuhong He, University of Toronto - Mississauga, Examining Land-Use and Land-Cover Change with Local Perceptions in the Greater Angkor Region of Cambodia 15 4:05 PM

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