[Archived] Vulnerability to Climate Change Index

Country's vulnerability to climate change and other global challenges in combination with its readiness to improve resilience.

  • Source: ND-GAIN

This dataset has been archived, and we will no longer be updating or maintaining it. We recommend using this dataset as a replacement.

The University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN) produces an annual index of climate change adaptation potential annually from 1995 to 2015. A country's ND-GAIN score is composed of a vulnerability score and a readiness score. Vulnerability and readiness are based on compiled indicators. Vulnerability measures a country's exposure, sensitivity, and capacity to adapt to the negative effects of climate change. ND-GAIN measures overall vulnerability by considering 6 life-supporting sectors—food, water, health, ecosystem service, human habitat, and infrastructure—and 36 indicators. Readiness measures a country's ability to leverage investments and convert them to adaptation actions. ND-GAIN measures overall readiness by considering 3 components—economic readiness, governance readiness, and social readiness—and 9 indicators. Each indicator comes from a public data source. Resource Watch shows only a subset of the data set. For access to the full data set and additional information, see the Learn More link.

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Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN) Country Index


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Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative. 2017."ND-GAIN Country Index." http://index.gain.org/. Accessed through Resource Watch, (date). www.resourcewatch.org.


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