Social vulnerability mapping in Nova Scotia as a tool for informing adaptation

Social Vulnerability Mapping is a high-level planning tool for informing emergency and climate change adaptation planning and response. Maps of social vulnerability for Nova Scotia were produced using a Social Vulnerability Index (SVI), which draws from Census and National Household Survey data to derive statistics related to health determinants for each of Statistics Canada’s Dissemination Areas (DAs) across the province. The SVI visualization was layered over a proxy representation of different worst-case scenarios for projected coastal flooding up to 2100. The integrated mapping showed that of the 19,795 residential buildings that lie within the extreme flood zones 4,333 are located in coastal DAs that have greater-than-average levels of social vulnerability. Facts sheets were created and can be used by the municipalities and provincial government to inform emergency preparedness.

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