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Record number 550038
Title Grounding Big Data on Climate‐Induced Human Mobility
Author(s) Boas, Ingrid; Dahm, Ruben; Wrathall, David
Source Geographical Review (2019). - ISSN 0016-7428 - 15 p.
Department(s) Environmental Policy
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Abstract How can site‐based fieldwork support big‐data research? We reflect on this question by sharing our experiences in combining on‐site fieldwork with an existing big‐data analysis using call‐detail records (CDR), which detected anomalous population flows in Bangladesh during cyclone Mahasen. In the original study of the CDR, this mobility was hypothesized to reflect late evacuations from homes. We discuss how site‐based fieldwork enabled us to discover that the detected patterns in our area of study reflected something different: the movement of fishers seeking to protect their trawlers located at harbor areas. Moreover, the fieldwork, in conjunction with remote sensing shoreline evolution data, allowed us to identify and study high‐risk behaviors of immobility that the CDR analysis was not able to detect. In sharing our findings, we are reflective of our own endeavor to optimally combine qualitative and big‐data methods. While mistakes were made and challenges had to be overcome, insights were gained on how a combined methodology makes research well‐grounded, reflective, and more interactive
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