A map showing which areas of the globe are likely to see the most dramatic effects of climate change has been produced by an international team of scientists using a new metric called the Vegetation Sensitivity Index. Based on satellite imagery data collected between 2000 and 2013, the index measures three different factors: air temperature, water availability, and degree of cloud cover.

"This kind of information can be really useful for national-scale ecosystem assessments... Even more interesting is that as satellite measurements continue and so as the datasets get longer, we will be able to recalculate our metric over longer time periods."
Areas shown in green on the map have a lower sensitivity to climate change – that means they're better able to adapt to variations in temperature, water availability and cloud cover.
The researchers will continue to develop the map in the future, getting a better idea of the long-term effects of climate change on different parts of the world.