These maps illustrate critical infrastructure systems in the urban Northeast region. Most of the region’s low-elevation infrastructure, including buildings, sewage, bridge and tunnel access roads, subway stations, tunnels, highways, and the region’s airports, will be at increased risk of flooding in coming decades. These important components of the region provide and maintain a large-scale public service. In addition to the risk of storm flooding, some coastal transportation facilities may be at risk of inundation as the sea level rises.
These maps display distributions of populations more vulnerable to climate change impacts in the urban Northeast region. It is essential that populations with certain social and economic limitations are identified and appropriate action is taken to increase their adaptive capacities.
These maps illustrate increases in average temperature, precipitation, and sea-level that have all been projected to occur within the next century. Changes in climate factors such as these will have immense effects on the region's citizens and both their natural and built environments.