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 Urban Adaptation Assessment measures the climate risk and readiness of 278 U.S. cities. UAA climate hazards include flooding, extreme heat, extreme cold, drought, and sea-level rise.
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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

Notre Dame releases climate vulnerability assessment of more than 270 US cities News

Notre Dame releases climate vulnerability assessment of more than 270 US cities

The Urban Adaptation Assessment is an open-source, free measurement and analysis tool that explores a city’s ability to adapt and readiness for adaptation to climate change.
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Index Ranks U.S. Cities Based on Climate Risk and Readiness In the News

Index Ranks U.S. Cities Based on Climate Risk and Readiness

Check out the recent article on the Urban Adaptation Assessment (UAA), which is highlighted in Climatewire and Scientific American.
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U.S. remains stagnant in climate change vulnerability and readiness, new data show NEWS

U.S. remains stagnant in climate change vulnerability and readiness, new data show

For the fourth year in a row, the United States has ranked 15th in the University of Notre Dame’s Global Adaptation Initiative Country Index.
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