ND-GAIN Urban Adaptation Assessment

  • Funded By: Kresge Foundation
  • ECI Investigators: Jessica Hellman, Chen Chen, Meghan Doherty, Patrick Regan

ND-GAIN Urban Adaptation Assessment

Several of the most significant risks worldwide in terms of likelihood and impact are related to adapting to a changing climate. As of 2014, more than 50 percent of the worldwide population is urban, and growing.

Responding to the need for increased urban resilience and effective adaptation planning, the Urban Adaptation Assessment project, funded by the Kresge Foundation and led by the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative, provides an adaptation measurement solution by building an assessment that can be scaled around the world and putting it into practice in five US cities (Baltimore, Davenport, Los Angeles, Memphis, and Seattle). Government, non-profit and business leaders will use the local-scale assessment to inform market and policy positions around social, physical, and natural systems that are resilient to the impacts of climate change.

In line with ND-GAIN’s mission “to enhance the world’s understanding of adaptation through knowledge, products and services that inform public and private actions and investments in vulnerable communities,” the intended outcomes from the UAA pilot assessment are:

  1. Consensus on a measurement framework and set of indicators pertinent to understanding adaptation efforts and elevating critical needs on climate actions in terms of the saving lives and improving livelihoods in urban areas
  2. An analysis of each of the five pilot cities in the form of case studies
  3. A scalable approach to quantifiably measure adaptation risk and opportunity at the urban scale, applicable to cities around the world

The ND-GAIN team is collaborating with a robust advisory committee of leading U.S. adaptation influencers, including both researchers and practitioners working on resilience and also collecting publicly accessible resources on the Adaptation Collaboratory.




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