Mapping Social Vulnerability to Climate Change: Individual Factors

This map shows individual factors which may affect a region’s vulnerability to climate change impacts, compiled for Census Tracts in the California. This information was compiled by researchers at the Pacific Institute to better understand Californians’ social vulnerability to climate change-related impacts, such as natural disasters or increased heat stress. Vulnerability is defined as the susceptibility of a population to harm from exposure to a hazard, and its ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from hazards.

Find more information about our methods here. For full details on data sources and methods, see our report Social Vulnerability to Climate Change in California (Cooley et al. 2012).

For a map of the Social Vulnerability Index, which combines these 19 factors into a single indicator, click here.

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Histogram showing distribution of values by Census Tract

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