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The Climate and Ocean Risk Vulnerability Index

Measuring diverse and interconnected climate-related risks in coastal cities to inform and drive climate action
Part of the Climate Security Project

In response to the climate crisis, the Stimson Center developed the Climate and Ocean Risk Vulnerability Index (CORVI). CORVI is a decision-support tool which compares a diverse range of ecological, financial, and political risks connected to climate change, to produce a coastal city risk profile. This infographic displays just some of the 100 factors which are included in the assessment.

Extreme storms, sea-level rise, and heat waves threaten the future of coastal cities. In addition, coastal cities face risks that originate outside the city limits. Inland, severe droughts threaten agricultural production, resulting in migration towards urban centers. Ocean acidification and warming temperatures degrade ecosystems and fisheries, which are vital to the blue economy of many coastal cities. This risk is compounded by land-based stressors like pollution.

By combining empirical and expert survey data, CORVI builds a comprehensive risk picture, giving decision makers across governments, international organizations, and the private sector the data and information they need to prioritize action, access capital, and make smart investments to build resilience.

After successful pilots in Castries, Saint Lucia and Kingston, Jamaica, CORVI is expanding, with additional assessments underway in the Asia Pacific (Chattogram, Bangladesh; Dagupan, Philippines; and Suva, Fiji) and East Africa (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Mombasa, Kenya).

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