The U's Minnesota Population Center has received an $8 million National Science Foundation grant to develop the world's largest population database with global environmental data. Nicknamed "TerraPop," the unique database will provide a powerful tool for migration scholars in the future.
Terra Populus: A Global Population / Environment Data Network (or TerraPop for short)was awarded a five-year, $8M grant from the National Science Foundation's Office of Cyber Infrastructure.
"The project will make two centuries of demographic data interoperable with global environmental data including land cover, land use, and climate records," according to Steve Ruggles, MPC Director and Professor of History at University of Minnesota.
"In addition, TerraPop will create a new international organization of data producers, data archives, and data users to promote historical data integration and ensure long-run preservation and access."
The Minnesota Population Center will lead the effort with support from the Institute on the Environment, the U of M Libraries and faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and College of Science and Engineering. Additional partners include the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan.
The team plans to disseminate the newly available data to researchers around the world.
The Minnesota Population Center is a University-wide interdisciplinary cooperative for demographic research, serving faculty and researchers across the University of Minnesota as well as some 50,000 scholars worldwide. IHRC Director Donna Gabaccia and Program Director Haven Hawley are among the U's scholars who collaborate frequently with MPC on immigration and migration research.
For more information on the project, visit MPC's website!