Our detailed analysis of the Houston metro area shows many lower income communities are more likely to have higher levels of impervious surface and experience more precipitation, making them less resilient socioeconomically and environmentally to extreme climate events like flooding.
Explore our Houston metro area analysis here in more detail.
Access C-CAP data from NOAA and Ecopia AI for climate resilience analysis
With the insights provided by such analyses, states, municipalities, nonprofits, and private companies alike can identify pockets of climate inequity and develop strategies to enhance resilience. By addressing both the environmental and socioeconomic factors that impact climate resilience, organizations can help communities adapt to a changing climate and mitigate risks.
“Ecopia is proud to partner with NOAA to create informative datasets that empower coastal communities to enhance climate resilience and equity,” said Brandon Palin, Senior Director of Public Sector and International Development at Ecopia. “Communities need access to high-precision data in order to allocate resources effectively, and the increased resolution of NOAA’s freely available C-CAP data is powering critical analysis to drive real change.”
“Our partnership with Ecopia has enabled us to develop more granular data and empower coastal communities with the information they need to build resilience to increasing climate risks,” said Nate Herold, a Physical Scientist with NOAA's Office for Coastal Management. “High-resolution land cover data is an integral part of understanding the relationship between the population and our planet, and provides an essential foundation to a wide range of geospatial analytics for climate resilience, sustainability, and other key initiatives.”
In addition to providing open access to the 1 meter resolution C-CAP raster data, NOAA will continue to leverage the foundational Ecopia land cover data to fuel deeper geospatial analytics across US coastal communities. Organizations interested in incorporating the full vector dataset can get in touch with our team of experts here.
NOAA’s updated C-CAP data is now available for anyone to download from the Digital Coast website. To learn more about Ecopia’s work with NOAA, click here.
Analysis data sources:
Land cover data provided by Ecopia AI as part of ongoing work with NOAA*
Population and income data sourced from US Census Bureau (2021)
*Baltimore, Washington DC, Wilmington (DE), & Virginia Beach land cover data sourced from Chesapeake Conservancy; Philadelphia land cover data sourced from City of Philadelphia via PASDA