Urban Adaptation Assessment (UAA)

Created: 11/12/2018 - Updated: 2/27/2020


The Urban Adaptation Assessment (UAA) is an interactive database funded by the Kresge Foundation and led by the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN) that collates a rich dataset within a visual platform to give leaders the data they need to make decisions on how best to adapt and prepare.

Encompassing data from over 270 cities within the United States, including all 50 states and Puerto Rico, whose populations are above 100,000, the UAA allows you to explore the connection between vulnerabilities to climate disasters, adaptive capacities, and how these are distributed within a city.

Click here to watch an in-dept introduction to the tool. 



There’s a growing, global movement to make human communities and ecosystems more resilient to climate extreme impacts. For the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN), it’s a movement rooted in the power of data, grounded in science-based evidence and driven by a mission of “Science Serving Society.” 


Scale of Project
Community / Local
Regional / Subnational
Sector Addressed
Development (socioeconomic)
Land Use Planning
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Sea level rise
Type of Tool
Adaptation Planning / Decision Support
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Community Planning (developing climate-smart communities)