01. Receiving Geography

Section 01 of the Climate Receiver Places Project

Based on ideas and discussions at CNU 30, we will be releasing edition 2 of this document and our maps soon!

This update includes adding a few extra receiver places to our list: Flint MI, Carlton Landing OK, Miami OK, East Lansing MI, Great Barrington MA, York PA, Minden LA, Oak Grove LA, De Queen AR, Nashville AR, and others. We’ll also be reassessing how we evaluate climate risk of sea level rise, which will add additional counties and places to our list, including Seattle WA, Portland OR, and Lowell MA.
The Climate Receiver Places Project mapped places of lowest climate risk, best-situated for receiving climate migrants & adapting. Many moderate-risk & intermediate receiver places exist too, but beyond our project’s primary scope. These places are just as crucial for the future.

Project Goal

The goal of the Climate Receiver Places Project is to build an in-depth guide for adaptive, resilient, and equitable local governance for communities on the receiving ends of climate change migration. We will use the Climate Receiver Places Guide that we create to work with communities in climate-resilient geographies to promote and implement climate-resilient urbanism.

The Receiving Geography Guide

The Receiving Geography Guide is the first in a series of four documents and one database that make up the Climate Receiver Places Guide.

Through a meta-analysis, we have determined regions with relatively low climate change risk exposure in the continental United States. From here, we factored in localized flooding risk and well-connected infrastructure systems that lend themselves well to building resilient communities. Places with low localized flood risk and the right spatial structure, sitting within low-risk regions, were added to this project’s list of climate receiver places. Within PLACE Initiative’s Resiliency & Adaptation Resource Sheet, these communities mostly fall under category one, and sometimes under category two.

These selected geographies are not necessarily already adapting successfully to climate change. Rather, they are geographies with the potential to successfully do so, provided they follow our Community Principles Guide.

The document and supplementary materials are linked below.

What’s Next?

Next, take a look at the Community Principles Guide