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Interactive Maps of Flooding Risks Offer New Climate Planning Tools
Headwaters Economics has published a new climate planning tool called "neighborhoods at Risk," which offers a simple way to layer information on to maps of neighborhoods and cities for a better understanding the intermixing social, economic, and environmental factors.
According to the website announcing Neighborhoods at Risk:
Neighborhoods at Risk is web-based, free, and designed to meet multiple local planning needs. The data and maps are useful for prioritizing capital improvements and conducting vulnerability assessments, which can be powerful tools that shape land use, policy, and planning decisions. Applications include FEMA Hazard Mitigation Plans and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) reporting.
Supplementing the interactive mapping tool are reports on at-risk demographic populations and potential economic outcomes of climate change. The tool is currently active for 18 U.S. cities, with an expansion to all U.S. cities planned for the future.