Extreme Heat Vulnerability Assessment
The Extreme Heat Vulnerability Assessment is the first of several climate vulnerability assessments the Climate Program has planned. Areas with the most exposure, the highest population sensitivity, and the least ability to adapt will be identified as the highest priority for public health interventions. Flooding and Air Quality Vulnerability Assessments are planned for 2021.
This assessment combines health, economic, governmental, community, and environmental indicators together to create a vulnerability score for each census tract. The vulnerability score allows us to compare different areas to one another. The score assigned to each census tract is calculated using sixteen different indicators. The indicators are separated into three different categories: exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity. A combination of these categories calculates the overall vulnerability score. For more in-depth explanation of the vulnerability assessment and calculations, please see the Methods document.