Arid environments - Life on the Margins: Natural Hazards in the Gobi Desert
- Marginal area
- Qualitative/quantitative research
- Food security
- Rural to urban migration
Dr Troy Sternberg’s fieldwork and research has focused on hazards in the Gobi Desert, Asia. Natural hazards in the region include drought, dzud (extreme winters) and other challenging climate conditions which affect livelihoods in the region. At present none of the regions are facing immediate food insecurity, mainly due to government intervention. However, society in the Gobi Desert is changing quickly and this is likely to have future impacts for food security and the environment, both locally and globally.
- Data collection was carried out in May and June 2012 in three contrasting study locations - Minqin county China, Xilingol Inner Mongolia, China and Omnogov and Dundgov provinces in Mongolia
- The main research method was qualitative research through extended interviews, discussions and site observations
- Quantitative research included was climate data produced by the local government in China.
Troy's research aims to investigate how natural hazards interact with societies and the environment in the Gobi Desert, focusing on:
- Hazard identification and the evolving climate
- The impacts on human systems, including food security
- The impacts on social structures within communities
- The differences between government intervention in the different regions are studied
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Dr. Troy Sternberg is a current researcher at the School of Geography at the University of Oxford. Deserts, nomads and states in transition attracted Troy to Geography. Vast, exquisite perspectives and enduring lives in drylands and steppes from Wyoming to Mongolia became his research interest. He is a member of the Landscape Dynamics research cluster. Troy’s current research focuses on how natural hazards interact with societies and the environment in the Gobi Desert, Asia.