Climate Vulnerability Map

One of the stretch targets of the Glasgow City Region Climate Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan is to increase the resilience of over 140,000 people in the region who are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

To help monitor progress against this target, and to help decision-makers across the City Region to prioritise adaptation action where it is most needed, we have worked with Clydeplan to publish a new Glasgow City Region Climate Vulnerability Map.

About the map

Taking the same approach used to develop the stretch target – aligned with the UN’s Race to Resilience campaign – the map shows the postcode areas within the City Region that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. It therefore provides a tool that can be used to help target resources towards these vulnerable communities, supporting Climate Ready Clyde’s focus on just resilience. You can read more about the methodology that underpins the stretch target here.

The map shows those postcodes that are within the top 20% of deprivation according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD), and that are exposed to either flood risk, heat risk or both. It therefore highlights where communities are both more exposed to climate change impacts, and where they may also be less able to cope with and respond to these impacts.

Whilst this map provides a high-level overview of locations that are most vulnerable to climate change impacts, people’s vulnerability to flood and heat risk will vary according to their personal circumstances and characteristics. Areas outside those highlighted on the map will also face heat and flood risk; this map focuses on where these risks intersect with increased vulnerability.

Click here to explore the map

Screenshot of Glasgow City Region Climate Vulnerability Map

About the data

The Climate Vulnerability Map uses the following key data sources:

  • Deprivation data from the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD). The priority postcode areas are those within the 20% most deprived.
  • Flood risk data from SEPA Flood Risk Maps. Priority postcode areas highlighted for flood risk are those that contain locations subject to 1 in 200 year flood risk (plus climate change) from one or more sources (rivers, coastal, surface water).
  • Heat risk data from the 4EI Heat Hazard Index. Priority postcode areas for heat risk are those that are within the top two heat risk bands (4 and 5).

The map also includes further contextual data on Vacant and Derelict Land, and urban tree canopy cover percentage.

Find out more

If you have further questions about the Climate Vulnerability Map, or have ideas about how to use this data, please contact We are happy to make the data available to Climate Ready Clyde partners on request (subject to licencing restrictions).

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