United Kingdom

GDP (PPP) per capita (2015): 38,657.79 Int. Dollar Population (2015): 65,138,232 HDI (2015): 0.91
ND-GAIN Country Index rank 5
Score: 78.6
Trend:
down
Vulnerability 0.211
Readiness 0.783

The low vulnerability score and high readiness score of The United Kingdom places it in the lower-right quadrant of the ND-GAIN Matrix. Adaptation challenges still exist, but The United Kingdom is well positioned to adapt. The United Kingdom is the least vulnerable country and the 12th most ready country.

ND-GAIN Ranking since 1995

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Indicator 1996 to 2015 Score
Vulnerability
0.211
Food
0.214
Projected change of cereal yields
0
Projected population change
0.306
Food import dependency
0.190
Rural population
0.188
Agriculture capacity
0.385
Child malnutrition
-
Water
0.326
Projected change of annual runoff
0.210
Projected change of annual groundwater recharge
0.690
Fresh water withdrawal rate
0.055
Water dependency ratio
0.019
Dam capacity
0.984
Access to reliable drinking water
0
Health
0.033
Projected change of deaths from climate change induced diseases
0.030
Projected change in vector-borne diseases
0.112
Dependency on external resource for health services
0
Slum population
0
Medical staff
0.047
Access to improved sanitation facilities
0.010
Ecosystem Services
0.231
Projected change of biome distribution
0.565
Projected change of marine biodiversity
0.546
Natural capital dependency
0.009
Ecological footprint
0.241
Protected biome
0
Engagement in international environmental conventions
0.025
Human Habitat
0.262
Projected change of warm periods
0.279
Projected change of flood hazard
0.553
Urban concentration
0.233
Age dependency ratio
0.297
Quality of trade and transport infrastructure
0.210
Paved roads
0
Infrastructure
0.200
Projected change of hydropower generation capacity
0.443
Projected change of sea level rise impacts
0.026
Dependency on imported energy
0.396
Population living under 5m above sea level
0.220
Electricity access
0
Disaster preparedness
0.113
Methodology

ND-GAIN Country Index

Methodology The ND-GAIN Country Index, a project of the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN), summarizes a country's vulnerability to climate change and other global challenges in combination with its readiness to improve resilience. It aims to help businesses and the public sector better prioritize investments for a more efficient response to the immediate global challenges ahead.

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