Notre Dame – Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN)
The Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) produces the world’s only index measuring the vulnerability of each nation in the world to climate change and its readiness to adapt. The Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI) guides ND-GAIN.
The press release announcing GAIN’s move to Notre Dame states that "Notre Dame researchers will make GAIN more detailed by ranking the vulnerability of states within selected countries – as well as continuing to rank the countries themselves – making GAIN an even more important tool for disaster planning, infrastructure development and ecosystem management around the world.” Reilly Fellow and Director of ND-ECI David Lodge said that “In just two years, GAIN has captured the attention of multinational corporations, NGOs and government agencies – including those concerned with intelligence and security – and we will continue to get GAIN into the hands of those who can make a difference.” There is also a video press release.
The Reilly Center and ND-GAIN
Five Reilly Fellows are involved with ND-GAIN. In addition to David Lodge, fellows Jessica Hellmann (Biological Sciences) and Nitesh Chawla (Computer Science and Engineering) will be among key faculty working on the GAIN Index. Affiliated researchers are Reilly Center Director Don Howard (Professor of Philosophy) and Reilly Fellow Frank Incropera (H. Clifford and Evelyn A. Brosey Professor and Dean Emeritus of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering).