(Louisville, 8/16/23) Today, Forward Kentucky is beginning a series of five articles on the climate risks facing our state. The work is based on research by the First Street Foundation and their ground-breaking website, Risk Factor.
The researchers at First Street graciously provided us with the raw county-level data for four risks: flood, wildfire, wind, and heat. Using that data, we have created tables of the data, as well as maps to show the data in a visual manner.
We will post one story each day, with a final article combining all the risks into a state-wide look at climate risk for Kentucky. The schedule is:
- Wednesday, 8/16 – The risk of flooding
- Thursday, 8/17 – The risk of wildfire
- Friday, 8/18 – The risk of wind damage
- Saturday, 8/19 – The risk of extreme heat
- Monday, 8/21 – The cumulative effect of climate risk
These stories will be available to only our paying members for the first five days, since those members support our work. On Tuesday, we will make them available to all.
Our special thanks to Matthew Eby, the founder and CEO of the First Street Foundation; Dr. Jeremy Porter, the head of climate implications; and Mark Bauer, a First Street Data Scientist.