Climate Ready Boston Map Explorer
The Map Explorer features spatial data from Climate Ready Boston. Explore which areas in Boston are projected to be at risk of flooding (due to sea level rise and increased precipitation) and extreme heat (due to rising temperatures and the urban heat island effect). Overlay climate data with population demographics to better understand the social factors that intersect with and contribute to vulnerability. See the current and upcoming projects the City is working on to enhance climate resilience. And then dive deeper and download the data through the City's Analyze Boston platform.
Note: This tool is intended for educational and outreach purposes. It should not be used for technical planning.
You can compare specific data sets by turning on and off layers in the "Layers" tab. This map shows 2070 coastal storm flooding conditions overlaid on top of areas with a higher concentration of older adults. Older adults (those over age 65) have physical vulnerabilities in a climate event; they suffer from higher rates of medical illness than the rest of the population and can have some functional limitations in an evacuation scenario, as well as when preparing for and recovering from a disaster.
You can zoom into specific areas manually or use the search bar to find a specific location. This map is comparing land surface temperatures with open spaces. At this more detailed resolution we can notice that areas around parks tend to be cooler.
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The visibility and opacity of layers displaying data related to flooding, extreme heat, and social vulnerability can be adjusted in the “Layers” tab to compare specific datasets and create a unique look.
You can view information about each component and its source data by clicking the feature on the map. More details, source information and links to download the data are available in the “Details” tab.
In order to explore your neighborhood more in depth and get the look you desire, the “Basemap gallery” tab allows you to swap out the light grey underlying map for other street maps or satellite imagery.