Our Collaborators

The Collaboratory for Adaptation to Climate Change offers resource for research, education, and collaboration in the area of adaptation and climate change. It is funded by the National Science Foundation and the University of Notre Dame in partnership with The Nature Conservancy’s Great Lakes Project

Sponsored by USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network, the AidData Academic Research Consortium is a collaborative research network comprised of 80 scholars from universities and research institutions around the world. Jessica Hellmann, ND-GAIN Research Director, is the scholar representing ND-GAIN.

The American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) helps build essential climate resilience for communities across the country by focusing on connecting and supporting the individuals. We provide a platform for climate adaptation leaders to interact, share what’s working, and collaborate with their colleagues.

ND-GAIN was a judge for ASAP's 2015 Prize for Progress and Managing Director, Joyce Coffee is a member of the advisory board.


ND-GAIN receives advice and U.S. regional climate data from Argonne National Laboratory for its Urban Adaptation Assessment project.  

Baker & McKenzie hosts the annual ND-GAIN Corporate Adaptation Prize event in New York City.

Business for Social Responsibility works with businesses to create a just and sustainable world, in which everyone can lead a prosperous and dignified life within the boundaries of the Earth’s natural resources.

BSR supported the 2015 ND-GAIN/Four Twenty Seven Corporate Adaptation Survey and resulting Report.

ND-GAIN is an editor and contributor to the UN Global Compact UN Environmental Program Caring for Climate Corporate Adaptation Case Study publication

ND-GAIN is also partnering with UN Global Compact on a Call to Responsible Corporate Adaptation. Other partners of this call include: UNEP, UNFCCC secretariat, UNEP-DTU Partnership, the CEO Water Mandate, the Global Adaptation Initiative at the University of Notre Dame, Oxfam America, the World Resources Institute and the Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota. 


Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States and provides assistance to 130 million people in more than 90 countries and territories. ND-GAIN provides in-kind counsel to CRS to help prioritize this global non-profit’s strategies.

CRS CEO and president, Dr. Carolyn Woo serves on the ND-GAIN Advisory Board.

The Climate Change Risk Management (CCRM) application developed by Climate Earth and Four Twenty Seven leverages ND-GAIN’s free and open source data to enable large corporations to quickly map and quantify global supply chain risks due to climate change. 

Four Twenty Seven & Climate Earth received the 2014 EBJ Business Achievement Award, recognizing their innovative supply chain climate risk management application.

ND-GAIN and Four Twenty Seven, with support from Business for Social Responsibility, published the 2015 Corporate Adaptation Report based on a survey that generated insights into how enterprises are preparing for the physical impacts of climate change.

The Climate Knowledge Brokers Group is an alliance of around 100 of the leading global, regional and national knowledge brokers specialising in climate and development information, primarily online

Joyce Coffee is a member of the Engineering for Climate Extremes Partnership (ECEP) and Global Risk, Response and Impacts Toolbox (GRRIT) Advisory Panel (EGAP) managed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research

The World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery is a partnership of 41 countries and 8 international organizations committed to helping developing countries reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and adapt to climate change. 

ND-GAIN has a partnership with the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Initiative. GODAN works to support global efforts to make agricultural and nutritionally relevant data available, accessible, and usable for application worldwide. 

The Green Alliance of Universities for a Sustainable Future (GAUSF) is an important new sustainability research and teaching alliance which aims to establish an international platform for eco-civilization construction and equipping ecocivilization education with a global mindset. Led by Peking University, GAUSF includes the following members: Tsinghua University, Guizhou University, Sichuan University, Zhejaing University, Stanford University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of Notre Dame, Free University of Berlin, Kyoto University, University of Edinburgh and the University of Melbourne.

University sustainability leaders attended the Inaugural Conference of GAUSF to share sustainability ideas and build links to universities across the globe. The conference was a sub-forum of the 2014 Eco Forum Global in Guiyang, capital of China’s Guizhou province.


In partnership with Notre Dame's Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD), ND-GAIN investigates adaptation monitoring and evaluation, for instance the Mozambique project and furthers both scholarly and practical inquiry with Catholic Relief Services.

RANE, Risk Assistance Network & Exchange is an online professional and informational network that connects risk experts across the globe with members looking for actionable risk management solutions.   

ND-GAIN contributed to UNEP Live, with the goal to encourage access to open data and information through the UNEP Live platform.

ND-GAIN is a part of the United Nation’s Momentum for Change Advisory Board.  Spearheaded by the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, Momentum for Change recognizes the most innovative, scalable and replicable examples of what people around the world are doing to tackle climate change.


ND-GAIN contribute to the UNFCCC Nairobi Work Programme, supporting their global climate adaptation initiatives and providing tools and methods for use by the UNFCCC, United Nations member countries and other NWP partners.

Students from the University of Maryland Masters in Public Policy program are working with ND-GAIN's Urban Adaptation Assessment team to address options for mainstreaming resilience into current city priorities.

Dr. Anand Patwardhan, professor at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy serves on the ND-GAIN Advisory Board.

ND-GAIN has a close partnership with the University of Minnesota - Institute on the Environment (IonE), studying ways to measure climate change risk and vulnerability around the world, at the country level via the Global Adaptation Index and within urban centers in the U.S. Jessica Hellmann, IonE Director and Martina Grecequet, IonE Post-doctoral Scholar are active contributors to the ND-GAIN team. 

The Kresge/ND-GAIN Urban Adaptation Assessment Advisors are comprised of over 30 leading U.S. adaptation influencers, including both researchers and practitioners working on resilience who provide counsel and expertise on ND-GAIN's Urban Adaptation Assessment.

ND-GAIN joins researchers examining weather extremes and city infrastructure. Led by Arizona State University and backed by the National Science Foundation, the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN) project looks at innovative ways of making urban infrastructure more resilient and equitable.

The UREx team will link SRN scientists, students, local practitioners, planners, industry, NGOs, and other stakeholders across >25 institutions and >70 collaborators to co-produce data, models, images, stories, and on-the-ground projects that show how a new resilient infrastructure can be developed. Infrastructure that is flexible, adaptable, safe-to-fail, socially equitable, and ecologically based will enhance urban resilience in the face of a higher incidence of extreme events, more culturally diverse communities and urbanization pressures. 

The Wilson Center, a non-partisan, non-advocacy policy forum that tackles global issues through independent research, open dialogue, and actionable ideas, is the presenting sponsor of ND-GAIN’s Annual Meeting. 

ND-GAIN is represented on the Global Agenda Council on Climate Change by our advisory board member, Juan Jose Daboub, and we support Council projects such as the Climate Adaptation: Seizing the Challenge paper.

ND-GAIN collaborates with the World Resources Institute to research the climate impacts on water security, flooding/storm disasters at different scales. Aqueduct, a product of WRI, is a global water risk mapping tool that helps companies, investors, governments, and other users understand where and how water risks and opportunities are emerging worldwide. 

The University of Notre Dame was chosen by the U. S. Department of State to host 25 Washington Fellows as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative. ND-GAIN trained YALI fellows in climate adaptation risk and opportunity and collaborated on outreach to other stakeholders in their countries.