Urban Adaptation Assessment

 

Though these risks are often discussed at the national scale, urban areas are increasingly seen as having a role on the climate agenda. Despite this need, decision-makers face significant challenges including:

  • Uncertainty of urban climate hazards
  • Lack of measurement to prioritize adaptation actions
  • Lack of data to understand & track urban vulnerability to climate change
  • Difficulty integrating adaptation information into current procedures

Responding to the need for increased urban resilience and adaptation planning, the Urban Adaptation Assessment project, funded by the Kresge Foundation and led by the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN), provides an adaptation measurement solution that can be scaled around the world to identify key climate risks and adaptation options for cities.

Many frameworks exist to measure vulnerability to the changing climate at the city level. However, current literature lacks assessment of cities’ capacity to take on adaptation action and to reduce losses and damages arising from climate hazards. This work aims to advance the knowledge of adaptation by building a better understanding of how climate change affects U.S. cities and exploring the connection between adaptive capacities and the impacts of climate disasters. 

This project helps elevate critical needs on climate actions and thereby inform decisions about infrastructure, land use, water resources management, transportation and other policy and funding issues such that communities are motivated to act and build a resilient future.

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