U.S. Urban Adaptation Assessment

Better data for planning for your city’s future.

Our communities are facing the intensifying effects of climate change and need to be more proactive than ever. Yet, with so many competing priorities, how do cities decide where to act?

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.

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Understanding how best for your city to adapt to a changing climate can be daunting. Our easy-to-use tool gives you metrics to see your city’s risk and readiness in seconds. It also enables you to download extensive datasets, and examine which neighborhoods to focus your efforts. Learn how you can get the most of the UAA with these simple resources:


The UAA interface was updated on March 4, 2019.