Socioeconomics and Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region

Posted on: 9/10/2013 - Updated on: 3/12/2020

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Jessica Hitt


This interactive map provides social, economic, and demographic statistics on 225 counties across the Great Lakes region. This demographic information is overlain with detailed data about municipal spending, land use change, and climate change characteristics. Taken together, the interactive tool provides a wealth of information for local and regional decision makers to view how climate change intersects other conditions and concerns in the region.
For each county, the tool describes how climate change relates to the:

Economy, by listing three sectors likely to be affected by climate change, and the industries that employ the most people.

Infrastructure, by describing expenditures on potential climate-related infrastructure, and showing land cover and residential growth.

Vulnerable Populations, by showing an index of heat vulnerability and changes in summer temperature.


City planners, policy makers, community groups


Beth Gibbons

Managing Organizations

Through the support the University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute and the Kresge Foundation, and in collaboration with Great Lakes Integrated Sciences + Assessments (GLISA), the goal of GLAA-C is to bring together researchers and practitioners to develop actionable climate adaptation programs for cities in the Great Lakes region. GLAA-C works with cities in the Great Lakes region to develop and implement climate adaptation strategies in these cities.

Headwaters Economics is an independent, nonprofit research group.

The staff at Headwaters Economics blends innovative research techniques and extensive on-the-ground experience working with a range of partners across the West for more than 20 years.

The mission of Headwaters Economics is to improve community development and land management decisions in the West.

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