New Mexico Climate Risk Map
On June 17, 2021, the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s (EMNRD) Energy Conservation and Management Division (ECMD) launched the New Mexico Climate Risk Map, a tool to provide state residents with information about how climate change may impact their community. The free online map allows communities and residents to search by address and provides dozens of data layers related to five climate hazards: air quality, drought, heat, flooding, and wildfire. The Climate Risk Map displays climate change impacts to better prepare communities for risk and inspire adaptive action.
Within each of the five hazard categories, ECMD uses three overarching data categories:
- Environmental exposure, labelled as “hazard” data, refers to the magnitude, frequency, and duration of an environmental exposure or disease risk.
- Sensitivity refers to the physiological and socioeconomic factors that affect the degree to which a population is impacted by climate change-related events.
- Adaptive capacity refers to a broad range of responses and adjustments that a community can make to prepare for or mitigate the impacts of climate change.
ECMD has included demographic factors, including race and poverty, to recognize the disproportionate impact of climate change on communities that have been historically underrepresented.
Created in collaboration with The University of New Mexico, Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC), the EMNRD elevates climate action and transparency as central priorities, providing data in a user-friendly way that will give communities resources to address areas that could be most at risk. Through utilizing this tool, a user can generate maps and create local data summary reports for areas of interest.
The map has a user guide to explain the functionality of the site. Furthermore, ECMD is available to provide technical assistance to users upon request based on staff availability.
Publication Date: June 17, 2021
- New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD)
- Mapping tool