How deep will my area be flooded? Should I start reckoning with soil subsidence? For how many weeks a year should I expect heat stress in the future? The Climate Impact Atlas provides information for answering these kinds of questions.
The Climate Impact Atlas for The Netherlands offers map information about the impacts of climate change in an online map viewer. The Atlas contains maps on urban pluvial flooding, heat stress in cities, river and coastal flooding and droughts. Users can zoom in to their region or city of interest to explore the local vulnerability to climate change impacts. Two types of information are offered: 1) maps on the exposure to climate related extreme events; and 2) maps that indicate potential vulnerable or sensitive objects or groups. The atlas discloses current climate impacts as well as future impacts under changing climatic conditions towards 2050. The maps support users in analysing and mapping climate risks. In the atlas, users can overlay different maps to identify local hotspots. In addition to the online map viewer, users can request the underlying GIS data through the helpdesk. This allows users to perform their own analysis and combine the Atlas data with local information. All data sets are delivered free of charge.
The information in the atlas is also presented in ‘story map’ format. The story maps provide more explanation and guidance to the user. What is the map telling me? Why is this map of importance and how can I interpret and use the information?
Left image: the web viewer; right image: the story maps.
The target audience of the atlas concerns the local and regional governments (municipalities, provinces and water authorities). However, the atlas is also used in education, by private companies (real estate, insurance sector) and by interested citizens.
The Climate Impact Atlas is updated on regular basis by CAS in close cooperation with a network of research institutes and consultancy firms. CAS also provides the helpdesk. The operation and further development of the atlas is commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.