Climate map seeks to drive US resilience

A first of its kind tool to map both climate risk and social vulnerability across the United States, has been launched in an effort to drive greater resilience.

The US Climate Resilience Map: A Pathway for City Solutions has been developed by the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Centre (Arsht-Rock)

Developed with support from JPMorgan Chase, this national map includes six indicators of temperature, land, and water climate risk and fifteen social indicators spanning socioeconomic, housing, disability, and minority status factors that exacerbate these risks.

The map also highlights successful, on-the-ground resilience interventions to address and reduce the impact of ever-increasing incidents of flood, wildfire, drought, extreme precipitation, and extreme heat in 10 cities across the continental United States – Norfolk, VA, Los Angeles, , Charlotte, NC, New York, New Orleans, Seattle, San Antonio, Tucson, Boulder, and Louisville, with the hope these can be replicated by similarly at-risk states and cities.

The publicly available map enables users to click on Seattle, for example, to learn how the city famously known for its heavy rainfall has successfully implemented its RainWise program to help homeowners reduce their risk to flooding; or Louisville, to learn how the city with the fastest-growing urban heat island in the country is reducing its risk to extreme heat through an aggressive tree planting program.

“City officials, public utilities and other program partners might also benefit from the tool by using it to identify areas of greatest social vulnerability and make programmatic refinements,” said the Resilience Centre.

“Climate risk is increasing across the United States and the world over, and those who are most vulnerable, and least responsible, will suffer the worst impacts” said Kathy Baughman McLeod, director Arsht-Rock at the Atlantic Council.  “Arsht-Rock is committed to improving the lives of individuals by building human capacity for resilience. The US Climate Resilience Map will provide individuals and decision-makers with the information and tools they need to protect their community, people, and property and make their communities more resilient.”

“We’re pleased to be supporting The US Climate Resilience Map to help cities develop effective solutions to climate-related vulnerabilities. JPMorgan Chase is committed to collaborating with a diverse range of stakeholders to help create stronger communities that are both more inclusive and resilient to climate change.” said Marisa Buchanan, Global Head of Sustainability at JPMorgan Chase.

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