Brown Bag Seminar: Jamon Van Den Hoek

NPP Fellow - NASA Goddard

Relationships between environmental change and armed conflict have long been studied. Sometimes referred to as 'warfare' or 'conflict' ecology, much of this scholarship has come in response to local-level perceptions of landscape or livelihood changes that result from regional armed conflict. However, such studies have, first, typically focused on spatiotemporally acute and readily detectable environmental change to the exclusion of protracted and more subtle environmental changes; second, been limited to situational conflicts or circumstances, thereby inhibiting broader theoretical development; and, third, often only considered the environmental consequences rather than the environmental or climatic conditions that may contribute to conflict. As a result, there is little opportunity for methodological or theoretical cohesion between studies. In this presentation, I will use cross-scale remotely sensed imagery, spatial modeling, open-source programming tools, and georeferenced conflict data to examine land use/land cover conditions prior and subsequent to violent conflict in Pakistan, Syria, Gaza, and Nigeria. I will discuss the interrelationships between long-term environmental change, resource deprivation, livelihoods, and armed conflict, a nexus that will only become tighter with the advance of global climate change.