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Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), PEople on the MOve in a Changing Climate (PEMOCC) is a Sea Grant-led Research Coordination Network (RCN) that fosters collaboration among diverse experts and stakeholders to address research needs related to climate-induced human mobility, its socioeconomic consequences, and its role in building resilience and adaptation to the impacts of climate change in US coastal and Great Lakes regions.

Despite increased reference to the link between climate change and human mobility, which includes displacement, migration and planned relocation, there is a lack of knowledge on how  socioeconomic, cultural, political, and environmental processes impact these population shifts. PEMOCC leverages Sea Grant’s trusted relationships with local communities to facilitate transdisciplinary collaborations among researchers, practitioners, resource managers and coastal stakeholders to improve understanding of how climate change drives human populations both towards and away from coastal regions in the U.S.


Activities of PEMOCC are guided by the following objectives:


1. Foster synthesis and analysis of existing data to increase relevance and applicability of research.


2. Support use-inspired research that generates novel solutions to priorities identified by diverse

coastal communities in various US regions.


3. Leverage Sea Grant to engage end users in the co-production and utilization of knowledge and tools.


4. Advance the vitality and diversity of the scientific workforce by engaging scholars and students in research, education and engagement.


5. Broaden participation in research and education by proactively facilitating communication, cooperation, and partnerships with underserved and underrepresented populations nationwide.


6. Use systematic and rigorous evaluation mechanisms to measure performance, evaluate the impact and improve the management of the PEMOCC RCN.

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