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A Road Map Toward Better Understanding of Global Environmental Change

The Social Process Diagram published in 1992 was an attempt to map out the key systems and interactions among systems that were seen as underpinning the human drivers of global environmental change.

Map showing estimates of net migration for dryland areas of the world

Migration in Risk-Prone Areas

Access to data that lets us analyze global migration patterns is critical to climate change adaptation planning, among other applications.

map showing coastal ramsar wetlands sites in Mexico at risk from 0-1 meter sel level rise

The Impact of Sea Level Rise on Coastal Wetlands

An analysis of coastal wetlands loss from sea level rise that was conducted for the Ramsar Convention’s Scientific and Technical Review Panel provides estimates of wetland losses as a basis for identifying potential adaptation measures.

screenshot of image of soil nutrient availability throughout Africa

New Understanding of Soil Quality throughout Africa

A new interactive mapping tool lets users visualize a broad range of soil data for the continent of Africa.

Map showing coastal areas likely to have been inundated by the storm surge resulting from Hurricane Sandy in relationship to residential population.

Sandy’s Surge Affected More Than 1.4 Million in 11 States

Based on a model used by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the map shows coastal areas likely to have been inundated by the storm surge resulting from Hurricane Sandy, in relationship to residential population.

Map showing the distribution of people living in poverty in northeast metropolitan areas.

Mapping Vulnerable Populations to Support Disaster Preparedness

As demonstrated by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, poverty is a critical factor in the vulnerability of populations to natural hazards.

Rainfall and Human Vulnerability in the Context of Climate Change

The impact of climate variability on predominantly rain-fed agrarian economies can be seen in Tanzania, where GDP is closely tied to variations in rainfall.

The estimated number of people in 2010 living at different elevation levels across several Southern Asian countries.

The Intersection of Population and Elevation Examined

This map shows the estimated number of people in 2010 living at different elevation levels across several Southern Asian countries. The database it’s taken from lets users without specialized geospatial training or software compare populations in various environmental contexts in different countries.

Map showing a portion of Passaic, Bergen, and Rockland Counties

In Your Own Backyard: Mapping Communities Near Superfund Sites

The NPL Superfund Footprint Mapper is an interactive, online mapping application—a clickable map—that lets users visualize a rich variety of population and environment characteristics of areas in the vicinity of Superfund sites.

For Better or for Worse: A Decade of Global Environmental Performance Trends Examined

The Pilot Trend Environmental Performance Index (Trend EPI) ranks countries on improvement or decline in their environmental performance, over the past decade.