Theme 3 – Equity

Theme 3 – Equity

Current SVI
Sensor Locations and SVI Conditions

Research goal:

The SETx UIFL incorporates Equity as a main theme to inform locally-driven assessment of both current and future climate-induced risks and proposed adaptation strategies. Equity Theme has three overarching research goals: 

  1. Assess distributional justice of climate, flooding, and air pollution risks (with Environment Theme in Year 1)
  2. Co-develop place-based equity metrics specific to community dynamics (with AA and KMP in Years 2-3)
  3. Assess the impact of place-based equity metrics on informing local co-designed adaptation decision making (Co-design Theme in Years 4-5)

The team uses a mix of qualitative methods (interviews, focus groups, workshops), hazard exposure, physical, social vulnerability and risk mapping methods.


  • Apply integrated environmental, health and social vulnerability data for equity metrics
    • Gather, clean and organize secondary demographic and economic data to generate housing unit level social vulnerability indices
    • Incorporate health and environmental data to assess hot spots and Toxic Mobility Vulnerability Index into social vulnerability indicators
  • Engage stakeholders to validate and modify social vulnerability indicators to area
    • Integrate available existing primary data on disaster experiences
    • Interview community stakeholders to understand place-based social vulnerability indicators
    • Engage residents to understand lived experience with environmental concerns
  • Develop and test visualization metrics for social vulnerability indicators