UAA Framework & Methodology
The assessment consists of three broad components used to measure a city’s overall adaptability:
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.
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