Framework & Methodology

The Urban Adaptation Assessment consists of three broad components used to measure a city’s overall adaptability, these include:


RISK: Potential for something of value to be at stake because of its presence in a changing climate. Risk is a function of climate hazard, exposure and vulnerability of the social system.

READINESS: Capacity that a city has to mobilize adaptation investments and to make investments more effectively used. Readiness is composed of the measure of economic conditions, governance support, and social capacities. 

LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS: Impact of climate hazards on a city, to be specific, on lives (injuries and fatalities) and on livelihoods (property damage). 

Components of RISK


Please note: Indicators on drought and coastal flooding hazards are forthcoming. 

Components of READINESS


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