Brandi Wampler | August 29, 2019
Danielle Wood, associate director for research in the Center for Civic Innovation at the University of Notre Dame, has been named project director of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN), a key program of the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative.
ND-GAIN works to enhance the world’s understanding of adaptation through knowledge, products and services that inform public and private actions and investments in vulnerable communities. Through various research tools, the ND-GAIN team aims to motivate communities to build social, physical and natural systems that save lives and improve livelihoods, protect our environment and strengthen market and policy positions.
“ND-GAIN is a publicly available, transparent resource providing important details for government officials, climate change experts and communities looking for tools to assess their adaptation needs,” said Wood. “I look forward to leading this initiative and supporting communities and leaders that want to move the needle on climate change adaptation.”
As project director of ND-GAIN, Wood will oversee the program’s Country Index and Urban Adaptation Assessment. The Country Index, released annually, is a measurement tool that helps governments, businesses and communities examine risks exacerbated by climate change. The Urban Adaptation Assessment (UAA) is a new measurement tool that assesses the climate risk and readiness of more than 270 cities in the United States and allows users to explore a city’s adaptability to climate hazards.
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