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

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

The 15 Happiest Places to Live in the U.S. Urban

The 15 Happiest Places to Live in the U.S.

Data from ND-GAIN's Urban Adaptation Assessment was recently used by Outside Magazine in their ranking of the 15 happiest place to live in U.S. UAA data was used to evaluate how climate change was affecting cities throughout the country.
United Nations Least Developed Countries Report 2023 Country

United Nations Least Developed Countries Report 2023

This report by the UN identified the 46 least developed nations in the world and utilized data from ND-GAIN's Country Index in order to assess climate change preparedness and vulnerability in these countries.
World Bank's Climate Change Knowledge Portal Country

World Bank's Climate Change Knowledge Portal

This portal utilized ND-GAIN data to create Climate Risk Country Profiles for several nations, which assess the unique climates risks and vulnerabilities present in each nation.

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Historical Overview of ND-GAIN Introducing the Urban Adaptation Assessment