Climate Impact Atlas

Ministry of infrastructure and water management
2012 – present

Due to climate change, peak precipitation, heat and drought may be more intense and more frequent. In addition, sea levels are rising. What does this mean for your area? In which places can you expect waterlogging during an extreme shower? Do you have to take subsidence into account? How big is the chance that your area will be flooded? The Dutch Climate Impact Atlas helps you to get a picture of the vulnerability of your own area.

What can you find in the Climate Impact Atlas?
In the Climate Impact Atlas you will find a map viewer with various maps. These maps give you a first impression of the threats of floods, flooding, drought and heat waves in your area. In addition, most maps are explained with a map story. You will also find explanations on how to use the atlas, answers to frequently asked questions and a help desk.

What can you do with this atlas?
You can use the maps and map stories from the Climate Impact Atlas for many purposes. For example, you can use them when you want to run a climate stress test. In addition, the atlas can also be relevant for educational institutions, students, companies and residents. You can download the maps free of charge and the underlying GIS files are also available free of charge. You can contact the help desk with questions about the maps or request the GIS data.

How do you use the map viewer?
The map viewer allows you to see how vulnerable your area is to flooding, waterlogging, drought and heat. You can use several maps at the same time. On the left of the screen you can choose from various maps. You can filter the maps by theme and view both general and more detailed maps. The atlas contains more than one hundred maps. You can use the magnifying glass in the top left corner to look up your own area, or you can zoom in on the map to your own area. Via ‘View map layers’ on the top right you can compare different climate scenarios: current climate, scenario 2050 high (strong climate change) and scenario 2050 low (limited climate change).


What do the map stories tell you?
Many of the maps are explained in a map story. The map story accompanying a map tells you why the map is important, what you see on the map, and what you can do with it. You can go from a map in the viewer to the corresponding map story via the legend of the map. Or you can go directly to the page with an overview of all the map stories via the ‘Map stories’ tab at the top of the website.


How did the Climate Impact Atlas come about?
The atlas is based on national data and gives an indication of the extent of possible climate effects in an area. Together with a whole network of knowledge institutions and consultancies we have developed the Climate Impact Atlas and keep the data up to date. We do this on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. In addition, we manage the atlas, coordinate the updates of the atlas and perform the helpdesk function. The last major update of the atlas was in May 2021. The new map viewer was developed by Geodan.

More information
Would you like us to keep you informed about new developments in the Climate Impact Atlas? Then sign up for the news flash (in Dutch). Would you like to know more about this project? Then please contact Arjen Koekoek.