On June 17, New Mexico’s Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) launched the Climate Risk Map, a new tool that provides information about how climate change may impact communities throughout the state. The free online map aggregates environmental and health data from state and federal agencies, as well as census data into an interactive maps. Users can explore data layers relating to air quality, drought, flood, heat, and wildfire, and can download location-specific data reports on climate impacts and threats for any county, tribal area, or city in New Mexico.
“This administration is committed to acting on climate and promoting transparency,” said EMNRD Cabinet Secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst. “The Climate Risk Map speaks to both of these priorities by providing illuminating data in a user-friendly way that will give communities resources to address areas that could be most at risk.”
“The Climate Risk Map aims to show the real impact of a changing climate,” said ECMD Director Louise Martinez. “We hope the map will be a useful tool to New Mexico communities seeking to prepare for the effects of climate change, and to inspire action on mitigating its worst impacts.”
The map was created by EMNRD’s Energy Conservation and Management Division (ECMD), in collaboration with the University of New Mexico, Earth Data Analysis Center, and is supported with State Energy Program funds. ECMD welcomes feedback on the map and is available to provide assistance to users. More information can be found here: nmclimaterisk.org.