Tutorial: Welcome to the UAA

Welcome to the Urban Adaptation Assessment, or UAA. The UAA is a measurement and analysis tool that explores the climate risks and readiness of more than 270 cities in the US with populations over 100,000. It will help decision makers determine what and where to focus climate adaptation resources.

From the UAA homepage, getting started is easy. Helpful resources are just a click away including the framework and methodology behind the UAA and more. To explore your city, simply type in your city’s name. You can select your City profile to view projections of economic costs of climate hazards in 2040. Or view sub-city data to investigate your city, neighborhood by neighborhood, and locate where vulnerable populations overlap with high risk areas. If your city is not listed, search state names or abbreviations to explore peer cities.

Your City profile will help you assess which hazard or hazards generate the most risk and cost for your city. Your city’s overall risk and readiness scores are available. Risk and readiness indicators are based on climate change adaptation indicators recognized in contemporary research. You’ll be able to reference basic demographic data for your City, including median household income and population size. Access the matrix to visualize your City’s vulnerability compared to other cities. Learn more about the cartesian space in the Understanding Your Risk and Readiness Assessment tutorial.

Not all populations in a City are equally affected by climate-related risks. The sub-city page will help you identify social vulnerabilities in your city and determine where to focus efforts. The UAA lets you overlay aspects of built environment that can negatively or positively contribute to climate risk and social vulnerability characteristics in your city’s neighborhoods. Learn more about this powerful data tool in the Exploring Neighborhood Equity tutorial. You can easily navigate between your City profile and sub-city data page.

Take advantage of the ability to download your data or share the tool. All data and information generated for your city is predicated on established literature on climate change adaptation indicators and derived from local historical data. So you can be confident in the validity of the data and estimates in your report, especially when communicating it to others.

Educational tutorials available under Learn More, will guide you through how to understand your future risk, how to interpret risk and readiness assessments, and integrate a social equity approach to adaptation efforts at the neighborhood level.

Get ready to explore better data for planning your city’s future.