The ND-GAIN Country Index is a measurement tool that helps governments, businesses and communities examine risks exacerbated by climate change, such as over-crowding, food insecurity, inadequate infrastructure, and civil conflicts. Free and open source, the Country Index uses 20 years of data across 45 indicators to rank 181 countries annually based on their level of vulnerability, and their readiness to successfully implement adaptation solutions. An array of analytic tools allows users to examine trends, play out scenarios, and investigate components over time.
Responding to the need for increased city resilience and adaptation planning, ND-GAIN is currently developing the Urban Adaptation Assessment, a measurement tool that will assess the climate risk and readiness of every city in the United States with a population over 100,000. When complete in Fall 2018, stakeholders can explore a city's adaptability to climate hazards, including extreme heat, extreme cold, inland flooding, drought, and sea level rise, as well as the impact of social inequities.
Scholarly outputs on climate change, and the variables of adaptation, continue to be the central pillar of ND-GAIN’s mission. Explore ND-GAIN's assessments in action, from recent reports using ND-GAIN data, to team publications and funded research, as well as other collaborative engagement. Also learn about additional ND-ECI climate adaptation research, including green roofs and urban heat islands, adaptation’s role in agricultural productivity, infectious disease transmission and armed conflict, coastal adaptation in the face of sea level changes, and more.