I will be using the Urban Adaptation Assessment (UAA) created by the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN) as a baseline to analyze four communities in Louisiana (Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and New Orleans) to better understand their risk and readiness for climate change.
These four communities were selected since they are already included in the UAA and therefore have data readily available. I will be analyzing the disparities in readiness of these communities to study the role of factors including education, average income, and political party identification on a city’s readiness to adapt to climate change. Louisiana stands to be one of the states most affected by climate change while also being among the least prepared to manage these changes. I hope that my research will help educate and prepare communities across the state to ensure that the state I love will be better prepared for future challenges.