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

ND-GAIN To Launch Global Urban Climate Assessment Measuring Climate Resiliency at the City Level Global

ND-GAIN To Launch Global Urban Climate Assessment Measuring Climate Resiliency at the City Level

ND-GAIN has announced its new project, GUCA, which aims to develop a pilot decision-support tool to inform actions and investments in urban areas around the world.
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New ND-GAIN data shines spotlight on small islands’ climate vulnerability and adaptation efforts Global

New ND-GAIN data shines spotlight on small islands’ climate vulnerability and adaptation efforts

This year’s update includes new data on Nauru, Palau, and the Marshall Islands and an updated data source for the dependence on imported energy indicator.
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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.
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Featured Videos

Historical Overview of ND-GAIN
Introducing the Urban Adaptation Assessment