EEA maps heatwave risks in Europe

Interactive map of vulnerability to heatwaves
Credit: European Environment Agency

The European Environment Agency (EEA) unveiled on 4 September 2012 an interactive map that shows the heatwave risk for European cities; this and other maps are included in a recently published EEA report entitled “Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe”.

The interactive maps allow users to explore data from more than 500 cities in Europe and get a quick impression of some of the adaptation challenges in Europe’s cities.

Southern Spain, parts of southern France, Italy, Greece, Serbia and western Turkey are the most exposed regions, which are likely to have more than 50 days in a year with higher temperatures than 35 degrees Celsius.

Users can combine different datasets from the report, for example combining the heat wave map with information regarding vulnerability like the share of elderly people who are more sensitive to heat