UAA Cities


Press Release: ND-GAIN's Urban Adaptation Assessment expands to measure climate resiliency of U.S. cities


In late 2016, ND-GAIN began work to expand the Urban Adaptation Assessment (UAA) from five pilot cities to more than 270 cities in the United States. The 24-month project aims to assess the climate vulnerability and readiness of every U.S. city with a population over 100,000 –  in an effort to help ignite conversation on preparing for climate change impacts and to inform decisions on infrastructure, land use, water resources management, transportation and other adaptive strategies

Funded by the Kresge Foundation, the UAA will also integrate a social equity analysis, which investigates how vulnerable groups are disproportionately harmed by climate hazards, such as extreme heat, flooding and extreme cold.
ND-GAIN is collaborating with the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment to compile and analyze each city’s data and produce assessments that focus on cities' vulnerabilities and their readiness to successfully implement adaptation solutions.. The project will also examine adaptation patterns among coastal, drought-prone and single-industry cities, among other subsets.
ND-GAIN built upon its advisory committee of leading U.S. adaptation and social equity experts to include input from city stakeholders and community groups. The UAA will also produce a publicly accessible online dashboard, allowing government, corporate and nonprofit leaders to view the assessments and manipulate the data based on their preferences.
The project’s publicly accessible resources can be viewed on the Notre Dame Adaptation Collaboratory.  The UAA team is also contributed to a special issue on urban adaptation for Environmental Science and Policy: Measuring the adaptation gap: A framework for evaluating climate hazards and opportunities in urban areas



By building a forward-looking framework to assess the vulnerability and readiness for U.S. cities, this work presents analysis of each city and comparisons among them to demonstrate the utility of the framework for national and international use. 

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