Map book: Urban vulnerability to climate change in Europe (2015)
This interactive map book aims to provide a Europe-wide overview of the potential vulnerability of major cities to climate change. The maps pinpoint possible weaknesses or problematic areas. They present single indicators or variables that indicate certain vulnerabilities of major European cities to climate change, specifically to the climatic threats of heatwaves, water scarcity and droughts, floods and forest fires.
Three types of indicators are listed:
- exposure indicators: these provide information about the level of exposure to climate impacts;
- sensitivity indicators: these provide information about the susceptibility of cities to such impacts, via population composition, spatial planning or physical conditions;
- response capacity indicators: these provide information about characteristics that help to reduce or overcome the impacts.