CNDS Fellows reveal adaptive human settlements after flood events


CNDS Fellows Johanna Mård and Giuliano Di Baldassare used satellite nighttime light data to track settlement over time and following flood events. Results show an increasing resettlement further away from rivers which can be understood as climate adaptation. Taking the degree of flood protection measures into account, the satellite nighttime light data reveals that human settlements with access to flood protection measures remain in closer proximity to rivers and rely on these structural measures, while settlements without access to flood protection measures move further away.

More information can be found in the press release by Uppsala University and in a newspaper article by Upsala Nya Tidning (in Swedish).

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Johanna Mård, Giuliano Di Baldassarre and Maurizio Mazzoleni (2018) Nighttime light data reveal how flood protection shapes human proximity to rivers, Science Advances.