Editor’s note: This is the second post in an ongoing biweekly series on the climate adaptation gap. Stay tuned for future installments here on TriplePundit!

The managing director of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index details key risks that lie ahead, from food and water to extreme weather and failure to adapt to climate change. Joyce Coffee shows how companies can use climate resilience strategies to mitigate global risks and improve the bottom line.

It’s been a tough winter, one of the coldest and snowiest on record.

Dr. Chen Chen with The Global Adaptation Institute at the Unversity of Notre Dame talks on climate change and it's effects at Purdue University Calumet on March 21, 2014.

“Climate change is a fact.  And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.”– President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, January 28, 2014

The EMAPS research project and Digital Methods Initiative has developed a world map combining three different global climate change indexes: the CVF Climate Vulnerability Monitor produced byDARA, the GermanWatch Climate Risk Index, and the GAIN Index. The map highlights how these three indexes differ and overlap in their conclusions on national vulnerability to climate change. It illustrates countries classified as either “most vulnerable” or “least vulnerable” in accordance with the combined results of each of the three indexes.