Research Tools: “Mapping Climate Security: New Dashboard Tool Visualizes Complex Vulnerability in Asia”
In many parts of South and Southeast Asia, high population density and vulnerability to climate change combine with low levels of household resilience and poor governance to increase security concerns and the potential for political instability.
To help identify risks and hotspots in this critical region, the Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA) program at the University of Texas-Austin recently launched the Complex Emergencies Dashboard, which integrates raw data and modeling with mapping technology, allowing users to visually analyze regional security issues. The project was funded by the Department of Defense’s Minerva Initiative, which also supported similar work by the university’s Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program.
CEPSA’s Dashboard includes four datasets:
- Climate Security Vulnerability, a composite of many indicators
- Climate and Disaster Aid (Bangladesh only)
- Disaster Preparations (India only)
In addition to these four sources, users can also add any ArcGIS-compatible dataset—a feature that is one of the dashboard’s greatest assets.
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