The climate is changing and impacting our natural resources and the people, communities, and economies closely tied to them.
Headwaters Economics has completed a wide range of research and free tools to help communities better understand the potential impacts of climate change.
Image: Great Lakes Interactive Atlas
To provide key socioeconomic and climate data quickly and visually, we’ve created several atlas interactives:
- Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region: Displays the social and economic characteristics of the Great Lakes Region that may be impacted by regionally specific changes in climate. Developed in partnership with the Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities at the University of Michigan.
- Atlas of the Northwest Region: Provides economic, land use, and climate data at the county level for the Northwest. Produced with the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative.
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- Counties and Cities: Offers simple step-by-step guidance on how to gather basic demographic and economic information for most U.S. geographies, and how to organize this information so that it can then be used to structure climate adaptation strategies.
- Socioeconomic Profiles: The Economic Profile System (EPS) is free, easy-to-use software that provides detailed reports at the community, county, or state level. EPS offers 14 specific reports.
- Lessons from Ten Examples: Examples from ten cities and counties with key lessons learned about how to advance climate change adaptation.
National Forests and Climate Change
- Vulnerability of Natural Resources: Together with the U.S. Forest Service and EcoAdapt, we facilitated a workshop with the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests’ resource experts to assess the vulnerability of the Forests’ natural resources and ecosystem services to climate change. This information will be incorporated into the new Forest Plan.
- Socioeconomic Conditions: We also worked with EcoAdapt and the Forest Service’s Region 1 Economist to develop a comprehensive report on the socioeconomic conditions and trends around the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest area.