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
  • GIS Lead: Milan Budhathoki
  • Project Lead: 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 adaptation measurement solution by building 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 was collected from different geospatial data repository as well as direct contact 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 the 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