Socioeconomics and Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region Atlas

This tool is an interactive map that shows how the social and economic characteristics in the Great Lakes Region are impacted by climate change to the county level. It was developed by Headwater Economics in partnership with the University of Michigan.

IDENTIFY WHICH COUNTIES IN THE GREAT LAKES REGION MAY NEED MORE RESOURCES TO RESPOND TO SOCIAL VULNERABILITIES.

The map provides social, economic, and demographic statistics on 225 counties across the Great Lakes region. This demographic information is combined with detailed data about municipal spending, land use change, and climate change characteristics. The three areas of focus are the economy, infrastructure, and vulnerable populations. For each users can explore data by county.

This resource acknowledges that some populations may be disproportionately affected by climate change and warming temperatures. Under the “Vulnerable Populations” tab, the map demonstrates an index of heat vulnerability and changes in summer temperature. For each county, the map accounts for the vulnerability based on age, income, education, health, and race. The map also compares these characteristics to the respective state as a whole.

 

 

Publication Date: March 2015

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