Max Gonzalez Saez-Diez ’23
School of Public and International Affairs
Data-intensive Analysis of the Climate-Water Crisis in India
Certificate(s): Applications of Computing, Statistics and Machine Learning
My internship investigated how climate change and its consequences — water scarcity, food insecurity, etc., — are impacting the lives of many people in Karnataka, India. I worked with Ram Fishman, whose lab recently compiled a novel dataset containing detailed atmospheric information on hundreds of villages in Karnataka for the period between 2011 and 2016. The dataset also contains daily information on the number and types of crimes that were committed during that timeframe. I worked on cleaning up the dataset, which initially contained over 10 million entries. My co-intern and I also examined the interaction between food production and prices and crimes (e.g., murders, suicides, and crimes against women) in Karnataka. Beyond learning more about data scrubbing and data analysis in the programs R, Stata, and Python, this internship has convinced me that I want to pursue graduate school. I am deeply grateful for this summer’s experience: it not only gave me tools and techniques to advance my academic career, but also allowed me to develop as a person by giving me the opportunity to live in Israel and talk, debate, and collaborate with people from a completely different background.
Water and the Environment
NITSAN Sustainable Development Lab, Tel Aviv University - Tel Aviv, Israel
Ram Fishman, Senior Lecturer (With Tenure), Public Policy, Tel Aviv University