Conversely, the large numbers of people living in rural areas, whose livelihoods are directly dependent on natural resources, also present another potential major source of vulnerability to climate change. Social scientists contend that in light of the unequivocal changes in climate patterns people are likely to be forced to migrate (Hunter, 2008). As a consequence, climate change may give rise to new and previously unimaginable forms of economic and social organization. This presentation presents a preliminary model that brings together social theory, spatial analysis techniques, and large scale computing capabilities to provide important insights aimed at generating a better understanding of climate adaptation and social vulnerability to disasters. The purpose of this research is to generate knowledge of the potential impacts of climate change on migration, population distribution, and ultimately on the social fabrics of sending and receiving countries.