Helping countries and cities counter the risks of a changing climate

Increasingly, people, governments and corporations must cope with the impact of climate extremes. The Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN) aims to help private and public sectors prioritize climate adaptation, ultimately lowering risk and enhancing readiness. With knowledge from ND-GAIN, leaders can gauge countries and cities based upon critical environmental, economic and social sectors.

Country Index

Country Index

Free and open source, the ND-GAIN Country Index uses two decades of data across 45 indicators to rank 181 countries annually based upon their vulnerability and their readiness to successfully adapt.
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Urban Adaptation

Urban Adaptation

ND-GAIN’s forthcoming Urban Adaptation Assessment measures the climate risk and readiness of 278 U.S. cities. UAA climate hazards include flooding, extreme heat, extreme cold and drought.
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Work with Us

Work with Us

Adapting to climate extremes presents one of the greatest social and economic challenges of our time. If you’d like to engage ND-GAIN in our quest for solutions, we’d love to hear from you!
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The Latest from ND-GAIN

Cities don't lag... they lead. Urban Update Team Blog

Cities don't lag... they lead. Urban Update

Our Urban Adaptation Assessment aims to pave the way for climate action within cities. Read the team's latest updates on project, including revamped indicators, new hazards and more!
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Observer status at U.N. meeting offers lessons in climate diplomacy Q&A

Observer status at U.N. meeting offers lessons in climate diplomacy

ND-GAIN recently attended a UNFCCC Adaptation Committee convening, as a representative of an observer organization, in preparation for COP23.
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Latest data highlights small island countries as uniquely vulnerable NEWS

Latest data highlights small island countries as uniquely vulnerable

New data from the ND-GAIN shows small island countries are making great strides in preparedness for climate change, but also face considerable risks
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