Investigate Climate Change in Your Area

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. These tools are your gateway to scientifically sound and cost-effective decision-making relevant to climate change in Vermont. Understanding and preparing for those changes is one of the best investments we can make.

Climate Change Mapping Tool

An interactive map of climate change and related data for Vermont.  Check out this video on how to use Vermont's Climate Change Mapping Tool.

Vermont  Climate Change Mapping  Tool

Climate Data Grapher Tool

A  graphing tool that displays historic, current, and projected future climate data.  Details about the map can be found here.

Vermont Climate Data Grapher

* These tools were recently created as a pilot to explore their potential use and value in Vermont. These tools are still under development and we’d appreciate any feedback you can provide to identify errors, share your positive or negative experiences with using the tools, and suggest changes to help improve the tools.

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 expected and how do they vary across Vermont?
  • Where do we expect more very hot days to occur, and how do those areas relate to areas where Vermonters are already at high risk for heat illnesses? 
  • In areas where we expect more serious heat impacts from climate change, are there opportunities to reduce risk by increasing 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?

Don't stop here, there are more interactive tools to explore.