Spatial Analysis

Tailor-made spatial analyses

Acclimatise uses climate data and research together with socio-economic, environmental and other data to understand how climate related hazards will affect some locations, some infrastructure, some people and some parts of the environment more than others. We are skilled at collating and integrating this information in spatial databases that generate simple map-based outputs for the end user. By overlaying multiple layers of data in a Geographic Information System (GIS) platform, we can help our clients identify ‘hotspots’ of climate vulnerability. This analytical approach is a powerful, engaging and systematic means to understand who or what is most vulnerable to particular climate change impacts and their location and can be used across a range of scales, from local to global.

Working with us

Acclimatise has extensive and unique expertise in mapping climate vulnerability ‘hotspots’ to provide users an overview of the spatial distribution of climate vulnerability and risk. We help you use these analyses as a scientifically sound entry-point for targeting and prioritising areas for further research, action and investment. Our map-based outputs have also proven to be useful in multi-stakeholder discussions, providing a common basis for discussion and for deliberations over adaptation planning.

Talk to an expert today:  Anna Haworth, Risk Advisor.

Showcase: Mapping climate change vulnerability in cities for UK Core Cities

Acclimatise was commissioned by Leeds City Council, representing the Core Cities, to develop a spatial tool to map locations of residents most vulnerable to climate change, overlaid by their relative exposure to climate impacts. Maps highlight the locations of most vulnerable population within the city and help identify key drivers of climate vulnerability. This information helps councils and partners in short-term disaster response measures during extreme weather as well as long-term city planning.


Spatial Analysis

Our work

Supply chain climate risk modelling for a confidential agro-commodities company

This confidential agro-commodities company recognises that a changing climate is likely to affect each element of their business model, both directly and indirectly. Acclimatise helped them explore their climate risks, including using GIS to generate spatial exposure profiles, covering water stress, exposure to flood events and changes in mean seasonal temperature and precipitation. The outputs have helped the company to engage with key operational departments, and their supplier base, so that they can also begin to understand the importance of considering potential effects of climate change and how to deal with them.

Social dimensions of climate change, World Bank

This project for the World Bank focused on understanding the way climate change interacts with and exacerbates the vulnerability of the livelihoods of disadvantaged socio-economic groups in rural areas of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova. Acclimatise developed and applied a Climate Vulnerability Index (CVI) to formalise and quantify concepts of vulnerability to climate change, drawing on a large number of socio-economic information and climate-related spatial datasets. Spatial climate and socio-economic data was integrated in GIS to highlight the geographical ‘hotspots’ of vulnerability.