About the Neighborhoods at Risk Tool
Map and explore information about the vulnerability of at-risk people to climate change. Filter neighborhoods based on criteria for climate risks and socioeconomic factors. Currently available for 27 cities; a nationwide release is planned in 2020.
Cities, nonprofits, and citizen groups are working to protect people and property from the impacts of climate change. With better access to socioeconomic, geographical, and climate data to visualize problems and make informed decisions, communities can better adapt to long-term climate change.
Neighborhoods at Risk is designed to meet local community planning needs. A free, web-based tool, Neighborhoods at Risk generates customized reports and maps that describe characteristics of potentially vulnerable neighborhoods (census tracts) in U.S. cities.
Neighborhoods at Risk produces reports that are useful for prioritizing capital improvements and conducting vulnerability assessments. Data also can inform land use and policy decisions and support FEMA Hazard Mitigation Plans and Carbon Disclosure Project reporting.
Neighborhoods at Risk reports are based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, FEMA, Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium, and the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies (NCSU/CICS-NC). This technical document contains detailed methods and data citations.
Neighborhoods at Risk was developed with funding from the Urban Sustainability Directors Network and the Tableau Foundation.
The tool was made possible by the generous commitment of time and talent of climate scientists at NOAA, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies, as well as city partners from Ann Arbor, MI; Cleveland, OH; Indianapolis, IN; Cincinnati, OH; Buffalo, NY; Evanston, IL; Dearborn, MI; Youngstown, OH; Detroit, MI; Minneapolis, MN; Milwaukee, WI; Columbia, MO; Springfield, MO; Lancaster, PA; Richmond, VA; City of Gaithersburg, MD; Newark, NJ; and Blacksburg, VA.