Global Adaptation Mapping Initiative

Project Teams

Learn more about the Project Teams

Coordinating & Admin Team


    Dr. Lea Berrang Ford - GAMI Lead

    Lea is a Research Chair in Climate and Health in the Priestley International Centre for Climate Research at the University of Leeds (UK). She has extensive experience with systematic approaches for adaptation tracking globally, and has contributed to the UNDEP-DTU Adaptation Gap Report (2017) that reviewed methods for assessing progress towards the global adaptation goal. Lea is a Lead Author on Chapter 16 (synthesis of risks) of the IPCC AR6 WGII report. She is the Lead Researcher on this initiative.


    Dr Neal Haddaway - Evidence Synthesis Advisor

    Neal works at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) in Stockholm as a Senior Research Fellow specialising in evidence synthesis. He also leads the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence (CEE) Centre at SEI. Neal brings particular expertise in methodological guidance related to systematic review methods and is involved in a number of working groups with CEE. He has over 7 years’ experience of working with evidence synthesis and delivering training in review methods. Neal is endorsed by CEE as a systematic review trainer. He is our Team Lead for Systematic Review Methods and Infrastructure on this initiative.



    Prof. Jan Minx - Data Analytics Advisor

    Jan is is head of the Applied Sustainability Science working group at the Mercator Research Institute on the Global Commons and Climate Change (Germany), and Professor for Climate Change and Public Policy at the Priestley International Centre for Climate at the University of Leeds. He has previously been Head of the Technical Support Unit of the Working Group ‘Mitigation of Climate Change’ of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), where he coordinated the Working Group’s contribution to AR5, and is a Lead Author within the IPCC AR6 WGIII. Jan is our Lead Researcher for Data Analysis and 'Big Literature'.



    Max Callaghan - Data Analytics Coordinator

    Max is a PhD student at the University of Leeds and a researcher in the Applied Sustainability Sciences working group at the Mercator Research Institute on the Global Commons and Climate Change (Germany). He works on quantitative methods to interpret and synthesize large collections of scientific research (or “Big Literature”) about climate change. He has been a key lead in developing the computational platform and tools for document analysis being used by our initiative for the screening stage. Max is our Lead Developer for the initiative's screening platform, training, and design.



    Dr. Paige Fischer - Screening Coordinator

    Paige is an Assistant Professor at the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan (USA). She brings particular expertise in characterizing adaptation typologies for adaptation within socio-ecological systems. Paige is Lead Coordinator for the Screening Team.



    Dr. Alex Lesnikowski - Coding Coordinator

    Alex is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management and Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change at the University of Waterloo (Canada). She is an expert in comparative and systematic assessment of adaptation policy and governance. Alex is Lead Coordinator for the Coding Team.



    Prof. AR Siders - Synthesis Coordinator

    Siders is an Assistant Professor at the Disaster Research Center of the University of Delaware. Her research focuses on climate change adaptation policies with an emphasis on managed retreat (relocation of people and assets away from risk) and environmental justice. She is a member of Climigration Network, Ocean Visions and Global Center for Climate Resilience.



    Dr. Katharine Mach - Expert Elicitation Coordinator

    Katharine is an Associate Professor in the Department of Marine Ecosystems and Society and a Faculty Scholar at the in the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science . Prior to joining the UM faculty, Mach was a senior research scientist at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Environment Assessment Facility. From 2010-15, Katharine co-directed the scientific activities of the IPCC's WGII towards AR5. She is a Lead Author on Chapter 1 of the IPCC AR6 WGII report. Katharine brings expertise in innovative approaches for evidence synthesis, and is the Lead Coordinator of the Expert Solicitation phase of this initiative.

Advisory Team

Our Advisory team have contributed substantively to the development and workings of the initiative. GAMI is a mosaic of innovative and practical ideas from these individuals, who continue to review and contribute to the design, development, and implementation of all stages. Their contributions are significant and varied, from developing data extraction typologies, to expertise in confidence assessment, to recruiting coders, and providing technical or thematic expertise. Many of our Advisory Team members are Lead Authors on the IPCC AR6 WGII and WGIII reports, and bring pragmatic knowledge of the needs of global climate assessments.


    Robbert Biesbroek (Netherlands, WGII)
    Erin Coughlan de Perez (USA, WGII)
    Elisabeth Gimore (USA, WGII)
    Matthias Garschagen (Germany, WGII)
    Sherilee Harper (Canada, WGII)
    Shuaib Lwasa (Uganda, WGIII)
    Alex Magnan (France, WGII)
    Mark New (South Africa, WGII)
    Diana Reckien (Netherlands, WGII)
    Chandhi Singh (India, WGII)
    Adelle Thomas (Bahamas, WGII)
    Maarten van Aalst (Netherlands, WGII)
    Susan Elliott (Canada)
    Lindsay Stringer (UK, WGII)

Screening Team

The Screening Team are a small group tasked with screening thousands of documents for eligibility. The Screening Team have been reviewing close to 80,000 documents, meeting regularly to confirm and ensure consistency, reliability, and rigour in our screening process.

    Paige Fischer (USA) - Lead
    Garry Sotnik (USA)
    Ivan Villaverde Canosa (Spain)
    Miriam Nielsen (USA)


Coding Team

Our Coding Team comprises the largest group within GAMI, and is tasked with reading and extracting adaptation insights from approximately 3000 documents using an on-line, customized data extraction platform. Each coder donates 50-100 hours, and codes at least 50 documents. Every document is coded by two independent members of the coding team.


The following members of the Coding Team have completed coding of 50+ documents:

    Edmond Totin
    Philip Antwi-Agyei
    Souha Ouni
    Nick Simpson
    Megan Lukas
    Portia Adade Williams
    Alcade Segnon
    Vhalinavho Khavahagali
    Asha Sitati
    Luckson Zvobgo
    Justice Musah
    Eranga Galappaththi
    Roopam Shukla
    Neha Chauhan
    Praveen Kumar
    Hasti Trivedi
    Iam Huynh
    Tara Chen
    Mohammad Aminur Rahman Shah
    Lolita Shaila Safaee Chalkasra
    Oliver Lilford
    Warda Ajaz
    Yuanyuan Shang
    Mariella Sina
    Gabriela Nagle Alverio
    Deepal Doshi
    Malcolm Araos
    Jola Ajibade
    Mia Wannewitz
    Tom Hawxwell
    Vanesa Chalastani
    Josep Penuelas
    Jordi Sardans
    Timo Leiter
    Jan Petzold
    Delphine Deryng
    Emily Baker
    Rachel Bezner Kerr
    Emily Theodritoff
    Brian Pentz
    Avery Hill
    Christa Anderson
    Sienna Templeman
    Custodio Matavel
    Indra Bhatt
    Aidan Farrell
    Zinta Zommers
    Julia Murillo
    Caitlin Grady
    Gina Maskell
    Shinny Thakur
    Pratik Pokharel
    Trish Schwerdtle
    Emily Duncan
    Dana Sjostrom
    Joshua Mullenite
    Leah Gichuki
    Tanvi Agrawal
    Carys Richards
    Elphin Tom Joe
    Abraham Nunbogu
    Katy Davis
    Giulia Scarpa
    Alyssa Gatt
    Lynee Turek-Hankins
    Andrew Forbes
    Alexandra Harden
    Carolyn Enquist
    Elisabeth Gilmore
    AR Siders
    Raquel Ruiz Dias
    Matthew Jurjonas
    Katie Browne
    Kripa Jagannathan
    Anuszka Maton
    Steven Koller
    Gabrielle Wong-Parodi
    Jiren Xu
    Bill Kakenmaster
    Donovan Campbell
    Stephanie Barr
    Thelma Zulfawu Abu
    Rebecca Hernandez
    Nicole van Maanen
    Cristina Mullin
    Christine Kirchhoff
    Nicola Ulibarri

Join the Team

Are you a climate change researcher and willing to donate some of your time over the next month? Join the GAMI team!

Lots of us around the world are confined to desk-work, including young researchers forced to put fieldwork in standby. GAMI may be a great way to contribute to an exciting initiative, gain some experience, and open opportunities for publications and networking. GAMI consists of a huge literature review on human adaptation responses to climate-related changes that have been documented globally since 2013, and in order to contribute answering the question "Are we adapting to climate change? GAMI is led by Lea Berrang-Ford from Leeds University, Priestley International Centre for Climate, UK.

Contributing to GAMI may be an excellent opportunity for students and researchers to gather material for a thesis chapter and/or a first-author publication, and to co-author other publications coming from this initiative. This is not paid employment. All members of the GAMI team are unpaid, and the initiative is an unfunded collective endeavour. Team members will get an opportunity to be part of an exciting and high impact initiative, and join as co-authors on publication, as well as receive training and experience in systematic evidence synthesis. GAMI aims at building an unprecedented database on adaptation literature that GAMI people will be free to use for publications. Such a systematic review however requires a lot of people to help coding the literature. To date, ~2700 are now being coded across a set of questions (who is responding? What responses are documented? What is the extent of the adaptation-related response? Are adaptation-related responses reported to reduce risk, exposure and/or vulnerability? Etc.).

We need additional coders to contribute to this work. All documents have been pre-screened. Coders would contribute to extracting adaptation information from a minimum of 50 articles via an on-line data extraction platform we have created. The estimated minimum time commitment per coder is 10-15 working days, and the work would need to be completed by June 15th. The work is done on-line, and work hours are flexible. All training materials are on-line.

We are particularly looking for researchers comfortable reviewing literature in the area of food security, agriculture, and food systems, though researchers with broad climate adaptation knowledge in other areas are welcome.

Contact Lea Berrang Ford (l.berrangford@leeds.ac.uk) or Alex Lesnikowski (alexandra.lesnikowski@uwaterloo.ca) to join, or for more information.