Unearthing the climate-migration nexus with Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping

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Identifying the causes of migration has consistently been a focus of migration studies, and the fundamental interrelationships between migration and the environment have long been accepted. In the contemporary context of increasing climate variability and extreme weather, understanding the manifold impacts of climate change on human mobility has become progressively more urgent for both academics and policy makers. However, because of the multidimensional nature of migration decisions, the complex causal dynamics of the climatemigration nexus remain relatively understudied. Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping (FCM) has the potential to support a better understanding of these complexities by translating individual
perspectives on the migration decision into visual representations that can be communicated, analyzed, aggregated, and used to forecast the impacts of different scenarios. By disentangling and assessing local affected populations' perceptions of migration drivers, the FCM method presents a valuable tool for researchers interested in further understanding the causal dynamics of the climate-migration nexus.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on Climate Change and Human Mobility
EditorsCaroline Zichgraf, Francois Gemenne
PublisherEdward Elgar
Publication statusPublished - 2023


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