GAIN Index moves to Notre Dame

Author: Jessica Baron

The Global Adaptation Index (GAIN, now known as ND-GAIN) - the world’s leading Index showing which countries are best prepared to deal with droughts, super-storms, and other natural disasters that climate change can cause - is moving to the University of Notre Dame under the guidance of our partners at the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI). ND-ECI announced the news today at a press conference at The National Press Club in Washington D.C. GAIN ranks countries annually based on how vulnerable they are to climate change and how prepared they are to adapt. It was formerly housed in the Global Adaptation Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit.

According to the press release, "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.”

Five Reilly Fellows are involved in the beginning stages of 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. Reilly Center Director Don Howard (Professor of Philosophy) as well as fellow Frank Incropera (H. Clifford and Evelyn A. Brosey Professor and Dean Emeritus of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering) are affiliated researchers.

To watch the video press release, click here.

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