New tool could map out how countries adapt to a changing world

Maasai boy with livestock in Kenya. (© Conservation International/photo by Gina Buchanan)

Maasai boy with livestock in Kenya. (© Conservation International/photo by Gina Buchanan)

In many areas, climate change is expected to make floods, droughts and resource-driven conflicts worse in the coming decades — and the places that will be hardest-hit by climate change are often the least equipped to manage its impacts.

Adaptation to these impacts is one of the topics of discussion at the U.N. climate talks underway in Morocco. Now, a new open-source tool could help communities and countries adapt to the stressors and shocks that climate change is likely to exacerbate.

In the latest edition of our podcast series, “Inside Science,” Conservation International (CI)’s director of data science, Alex Zvoleff, explains the groundbreaking possibilities of the Resilience Atlas, a CI-developed tool that brings out key insights around resilience mined from more than 12 terabytes of data on climate, socioeconomics, livelihoods and ecosystems.

The tool aims to help policymakers, international organizations and others make evidence-based decisions related to food security, water management, the effects of a changing climate and more. For decision-makers, Zvoleff says, “It’s really a question now of, ‘Where do we focus our resources? What investments do we make to address these challenges?’ ”

Listen to the interview in its entirety below.

 Sophie Bertazzo is a staff writer for CI.

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