About Cal-Adapt

Cal-Adapt has been designed to provide access to the wealth of data and information that has been, and continues to be, produced by State of California's scientific and research community. The data available on this site offer a view of how climate change might affect California at the local level. Here you can work with visualization tools, access data, and participate in community sharing to contribute your own knowledge. Cal-Adapt's development is a key recommendation of the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy.

The site has been developed by UC Berkeley's  Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) with funding and advisory oversight by the  California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program, and advisory support from Google.org.

The data used within the Cal-Adapt visualization tools have been gathered from California's scientific community, and represent peer-reviewed, high quality science. Learn more about the variety of  scientists and organizations that have contributed data and resources to Cal-Adapt.

The California Energy Commission will develop the Cal-Adapt Web site that will synthesize existing California climate change scenarios and climate impact research and to encourage its use in a way that is beneficial for local decision-makers.

―2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy

Advisory Oversight

  • Erik DeKok

    Ascent Environmental

  • Kif Scheuer

    Local Government Commission

  • Andrew Schwarz

    California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

  • Kathleen Ave


  • Chris Benjamin


  • Jim Blatchford

    CAISO (California Independent System Operator)

  • Kristin Ralff-Douglas

    California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

  • Brian D'Agostino

    Sempra Energy, San Diego Gas & Electric

  • Adam Smith


  • Guido Franco

    California Energy Commission

  • Kerry Timmer

    Sierra Business Council

  • Michael McCormick

    Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR)

  • Megan Walton

    Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES)

Previous Contributors:

We would like to thank our prior advisory committee members for their services.

  • Aaron Cuthbertson
  • Lesley Ewing
  • Nail Maizlish
  • Andrew Gunther
  • Michael McCormick
  • Jonathon Parfrey
  • Bruce Riordan
  • LaNae Van Valen
  • Carol Greenwood
  • Sarah Pittiglio
  • Kurt Malchow
  • Amy Luers

Site Development

This site has been developed by the Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) at University of California, Berkeley.

  • Nancy Thomas

    Executive Director (Project Lead)

  • Maggi Kelly

    Faculty Director (Advisory Oversight)

  • Brian Galey

    Senior Web Application Developer

  • Shruti Mukhtyar

    Web Application Developer

  • Eric Lehmer

    Web Application Developer

Previous Contributors:

  • Kevin Koy
  • Falk Schuetzenmeister
  • Sarah Van Vart
  • Ankita Goyal
  • Mark O'Connor


Amy Luers, then of Google.org, articulated the original need and vision for the creation of Cal-Adapt, and was instrumental in securing funding for its development. Dylan Beaudette, Vishal Mehta, and David Purkey from the Stockholm Environmental Institute created an initial prototype that formed a basis for the original (June 2011) release of Cal-Adapt. We also thank Shannon Koy for her valuable contribution to the graphic design and layout of the site.

Cal-Adapt's current design and functionality have been developed with the insight from a variety of beta testers and advisory committee members who provided valuable feedback throughout several iterations of updates. These individuals represent scientists and climate experts, planners and technicians, and leaders in development of local climate policy, as well as interested participants from the general public.