Here we have highlighted some of the projects that are technically supported by GAL. Most are coordinated with the ND community to meet their research goals using geospatial techniques. Browse the links to the left to learn more about these exciting projects.

Geospatial Indicators Processing for ND-GAIN Urban Adapatation  Assessment Project

  • Project Period: 2016
  • Contributor: Milan Budhathoki
  • Researchers: ND-GAIN/UAA
  • Department: Environmental Change Initiative (ECI)/ND-GAIN

Urban Adaptation Assessment (UAA) project is funded by the Kersge Foundation to ND-GAIN that aims to provide an adapation mesaurement solution by budilding an assessment that can be scaled around the world. The UAA team has selected five US cities as a pilot project (Baltimore,Davenport,Los Angeles, Memphis and Seattle).

The GAL collaborated to processes geospatial data of several indicators that were identified by the UAA team. GIS dataset of UAA indicators were collected from different geosaptial data repository as well as direct conatct with local government.Data preparation and GIS analysis was performed in ArcGIS platform to generate desire calculation to UAA team (i.e, how much percent of tree canopy cover is in city of Seattle?). GIS analysis was performed for all five pilot cities to generate following calculations:

  1. Total area of parcel within each FEMA flood zone.
  2. Total length of road within each FEMA flood zone.
  3. Total number of bridges within each FEMA flood zone.
  4. Total percentage of impervious surfaces.
  5. Total percentage of tree canopy cover