Climate Change Vulnerability and Resilience

The Council is assessing the impact of climate change on poor, urban populations.

The Issue

The world’s population is increasingly concentrated in urban areas of poor and low-income countries. Many of these cities and towns are located in low-elevation coastal zones where they are particularly vulnerable to storm surges, flooding, landslides, and other hazards associated with climate change.

But to date, our growing scientific understanding of climate change has not been matched by a similar understanding of its potential human impact—who is at risk, and what can be done to help people avoid or recover from disaster?

The Progress

The Council is combining data from national censuses and mapping resources to identify how many people live in urban neighborhoods of poor and low-income countries and evaluate their risk for climate-related events. Until now, these publicly available datasets have not been used to gain insights into climate change vulnerability and resilience.

The Impact

This information will help policymakers and planners at the national, district, and municipal levels identify problem areas or weak points in order to address climate change and manage urbanization.

Cross-national comparisons will allow countries to learn from one another’s experiences.

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