IU Unveils Tool to Help Communities with Climate Change Impacts

(BLOOMINGTON) – IU’s Environmental Resilience Institute, part of the Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative, has launched the Hoosier Resilience Index, a first-of-its-kind online tool to help local governments and Indiana residents understand how their communities are vulnerable to climate change and what they can do to respond.

The index draws from publicly available datasets and places community-specific information at the fingertips of local leaders, providing data for every town, city, and county in the state. The data include information about extreme heat and precipitation projections, flood plain and land use maps, and demographic information of vulnerable neighborhoods.

The index is intended to help local governments assess their readiness for environmental change and track community progress. By filling out a questionnaire, communities can score themselves and identify areas where they can work toward greater resilience.

To learn more about the Hoosier Resilience Index, register to attend webinars on Dec. 2.