These web pages are a gateway for policymakers, local planners, and the public to identify and access documents, data, websites, interactive tools, and maps relevant to climate change in Vermont. The goal is to support scientifically sound and cost-effective decision-making. Use the tools below to explore the potential impacts to your community and beyond. Understanding and preparing for those changes is one of the best investments we can.
The State of Vermont is pleased to introduce two new tools developed to help Vermonters explore what climate change will mean for the state and for particular regions and communities.
Climate Change Mapping Tool
An interactive map of climate change and related data for Vermont.
Climate Data Grapher Tool
A graphing tool that uses historic, current, and future climate data.
* These tools were recently created as a pilot to explore the potential use in Vermont.
Using the Tools
Using the interactive map and data grapher, you can find out more about how high and low temperatures, rainfall, the onset of seasons and other features of our climate have changed in recent decades, and what climate scientists expect will happen with these trends in the future. You can also look at expected future changes in our climate in relation to local data about Vermont’s natural resources, public health, and built environment, to get a better handle on how we should prepare for potential impacts. You can print and share this information too!
Just a few examples of the kinds of questions you can explore include:
- What future changes in rainfall and temperatures are coming and how do they vary across Vermont?
- Where do we expect more extreme heat, and how do those areas relate to areas where there are more vulnerable Vermonters?
- In areas where we expect more serious heat impacts from climate change, are there opportunities to improve forest and urban tree canopy?How should expected future trends in rainfall and water demand affect our thinking about water conservation?
- In areas where increasing rainfall and storm intensity are expected, where are there higher hazard dams or undersized bridges and culverts?
If you’d like to explore more comprehensive information on some of these topics, check out our FloodReady site, Heat Vulnerability and Social Vulnerability indices, and cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) and tick trackers.