Displacements Map

2019
Topics: Climate Change, Displacement, Migration, Cartography

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Print: 11” x 17”

This map explores which areas of New York City are most vulnerable to displacement from catastrophic climate change events, of which there will be more frequency and severity in the future. The map shows three primary layers of data: 1) Flooding during Sandy and projected future flooding (blue and red), 2) Income data - those making under $50,000 per year (hatch fill), and 3) Cost of housing - those spending over 50% of their income on housing expenses (yellow boundaries). High Displacement Zones are areas where each layer of data overlaps. This data shows who experienced the greatest levels of displacement during Hurricane Sandy, and who will suffer from displacement during future weather events as a result of socio-economic precarity compounded by environmental impact.