UAA Framework & Methodology

 

The assessment consists of three broad components used to measure a city’s overall adaptability: 

VULNERABILITY

Degree to which an urban area is unable to cope with the impacts of climate hazards on its human population. Vulnerability is a function of the hazard, a city’s sensitivity to the hazard, and its adaptive capacity. 

READINESS 

General features of urban areas that will enable policy change and action implementation to reduce vulnerability to climate hazards. Readiness is composed of the measure of economic conditions, governance support and social capacities. 

LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS 

Impact of climate hazards on a city, to be specific, on lives (injuries and fatalities) and on livelihoods (property damage).

The above visual serves as a theoretical foundation. Each component corresponds to a series of indicators that are then combined to generate four distinct scores for each city: 

To learn more about the the Urban Adaptation Assessment’s framework and methodology, view ND-GAIN's technical document.

CALCULATING HAZARD SCORES

CALCULATING CONDITION SCORES 

CALCULATING HAZARD SPECIFIC ADAPTATION SCORES

Hazard Scores * Condition Scores = Hazard Specific Adaptation Scores

CALCULATING OVERALL ADAPTATION SCORES

Average of Hazard Specific Adaptation Scores = Overall Adaptation Scores

View Assessment PDF