Identifying ‘Hotspots of Vulnerability’ in the Mountain West Region

Start Date

Primary Investigators
Lisa Dilling
Natalie Bennett
Other Investigators
Olga Wilhelmi

Geographic Region

Stakeholder
Underserved communities in Colorado
State agencies

Developing indicators of vulnerability to identify regional ‘hotspots’

WWA researchers will use GIS and social science techniques to develop a regional understanding of ‘hotspots of vulnerability’ and how they are viewed from different perspectives. The goal of this project will be to work with stakeholders in the Mountain West to develop a regional set of indicators that represent the various ways that they view vulnerability to extreme events and climate change. This project centers the priorities of justice and equity in considering community vulnerability. Our end goal is to lay the groundwork to develop a descriptive and interactive representation of climate-related vulnerability.

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