ATLAS - Adaptation Thought Leadership and Assessments

ATLAS aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of climate risk reduction in development programs through tested, harmonized approaches to adaptation assessments; thought leadership; and by building the capacity of USAID and its partners.  By integrating adaptation into development investments, ATLAS helps to safeguard and promote sustainable, climate resilient growth.

As awareness of the socioeconomic consequences of climate change grows, USAID Missions and partner governments are increasingly looking for support in assessing climate change vulnerability and improving climate-related decision making. Through new methodologies and tools for assessing climate risks, ATLAS helps evaluate adaptation options and synthesize best practices. A key emphasis of ATLAS is the uptake and use of information, helping to translate assessments into adaptation investment decisions and concrete actions at the country, sector, and program levels.

Check out ATLAS’ Final Report: Five Years Progress on Climate Resilient Development for an in-depth overview of ATLAS’ contributions to the integration of climate adaptation across USAID’s portfolio.

For more information, check out the ATLAS Factsheet. 

Banner photo credit: Henriques Balidy, 2015, Centre for the Sustainable Development of Coastal Zones.

USAID Adaptation Community Meeting Series

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Resources by Region or Country
Find reports, infographics and other products based on ATLAS assessments worldwide.
Vulnerability Assessment Approaches & Methodologies
Explore scoping tools, sample terms of reference and other resources.
Resources by Sector
Learn about climate related risks and opportunities by technical sector.
Adaptation Community Meetings
Access presentations, slides and blogs from USAID’s monthly adaptation community of practice meeting.
USAID Implementer:


Chris Perine
Chief of Party

Sophia Dahodwala
Operations Manager

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