Geospatial Indicators Processing for ND-GAIN Urban Adapatation  Assessment Project

  • Project Period: 2017-2019
  • 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 the assessment of three broad components used to measure a city's overall adaptability (Vulnerability, Readiness and Lives and Livelihoods) of 278 urban cities in the U.S. This is a scale-up project based  on five pilot cities (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 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 278 cities to generate following calculations:

  1. Percent of people and housing within each FEMA flood zone
  2. Total length of within each FEMA flood zone.
  3. Total number of car crossing within each FEMA flood zone.
  4. Total percentage of impervious surfaces.
  5. Total percentage of tree canopy cover. 
  6. Sea Level Rise damage to critical infrastructures by 3 feet and 6 feet rise scenario.
  7. Analysis of demographic and economic data 

UAA Cities Locations