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Our Mission

Our mission is to make data portraying climate change in California more accessible and actionable for a broad audience, with an emphasis on energy sector stakeholders and local governments. We do this by:

  • Building tools for exploring and downloading high-quality, peer-reviewed climate data from California’s scientific and research community. Cal-Adapt presents research developed under California’s climate change assessments, with Cal-Adapt 2.0 focusing on California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment, including datasets portraying sea level rise, wildfires, droughts, storms, and extreme heat events.
  • Designing tools and content to help users better understand climate data (via tooltips, Glossary and Cal-Adapt Blog) and learn best practices for working with climate projections (see our Get Started guide). We make it easy to share charts and tables of climate data with stakeholders and provide options for customizing data visualizations to meet sector specific requirements in some of our more technical tools.
  • Building a public Cal-Adapt API to empower researchers and developers to integrate climate data on Cal-Adapt into existing workflows and develop domain specific applications.
  • Engaging with and learning from our users through workshops, webinars and stakeholder outreach.

Our Audience

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Cal-Adapt offers free public access to peer-reviewed data that support exploration of California’s climate change impacts on state infrastructure, communities, and natural resources. Our users include energy sector stakeholders, infrastructure managers, municipal planners, community-based organizations, state agencies, scientists and climate experts, educators, and interested participants from the general public.


Our Partners

Funding and Oversight

Science Advisor

Data Contributors

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Background

The California Energy Commission (CEC) and UC Berkeley’s Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) initially released Cal-Adapt to the public in 2011 as a web-based resource to showcase the innovative climate change research being produced by the scientific community in California, as recommended in the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy.

The GIF, with funding support from the CEC, developed and launched the current iteration of Cal-Adapt (version 2.0) as part of California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment. This version includes updates and enhancements that increase its ease of use, information value, interactive visualizations, and data accessibility. Cal-Adapt's design and functionality have been developed in collaboration with a variety of beta testers and advisory committee members who provided valuable feedback throughout several iterations of updates.

Cal-Adapt has been recognized by California’s legislature as a key resource to support local hazard mitigation efforts and has helped California move forward on climate policy by providing easy access and exploration of high-resolution, regionally downscaled climate projections that are sanctioned by the state to be used in climate adaptation resiliency and planning. The website continues to evolve to present the latest scientific data and to further support stakeholders in understanding climate-related impacts relevant to local decision making.

Our Team

The Geospatial Innovation Facility at UC Berkeley's College of Natural Resources provides leadership and training across a broad array of integrated mapping technologies. Our goal is to help people better understand the changing world through the analysis and visualization of spatial data.

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

Chris Henrick

Web Application Developer

Lucy Andrews

Graduate Student Researcher

Previous contributors:

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

Martine Schmidt-Poolman

California Energy Commission

Leah Fisher

Strategic Growth Council

Susan Wilhelm

California Energy Commission

Guido Franco

California Energy Commission

Our Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is composed of experts from state and local government, utilities, consulting firms and academia. We thank the following people for serving on our TACs. If you are interested in serving on our TAC in the future, please email nethomas@berkeley.edu.

  • David Altaire

    State Water Board

  • Jamie Anderson

    DWR

  • Steve Baule

    LADWP

  • Nathan Bengtsson

    PG&E

  • Gurdeep Bhattal

    Cal Trans

  • Brian D'Agostino

    Sempra Energy, SDG&E

  • Erik DeKok

    Ascent Environmental

  • Owen Doherty

    Eagle Rock Analytics

  • Nuin-Tara Key

    OPR

  • Karen Gaffney

    NCRP

  • Tom Gates

    CEC

  • Ted Grantham

    UCANR

  • Natalie Hernandez

    Climate Resolve

  • Hiro Kuchida

    SoCalEdison

  • Shelby MacNab

    City of Fresno

  • Sona Mohnot

    Greenlining Institute

  • Amber Motley

    CAISO

  • Jenn Phillips

    OPR

  • Kristin Ralff-Douglas

    CPUC

  • Kif Scheuer

    LGC

  • Jasneet Sharma

    San Mateo County

  • Benjamin Sleeter

    USGS

  • Alex Tardy

    NOAA

  • Jason Vargo

    CADPH

  • Megan Walton

    CalOES

  • Sasha Wisotsky

    CAHCD

Previous contributors:

  • Andrew Schwarz,
  • Chris Benjamin,
  • Adam Smith,
  • Kerry Timmer,
  • Kathleen Ave,
  • Jim Blatchford,
  • Michael McCormick,
  • Aaron Cuthbertson,
  • JR DeLaRosa,
  • Lesley Ewing,
  • Neil Maizlish,
  • Andrew Gunther,
  • Jonathan Parfrey,
  • Bruce Riordan,
  • LaNae Van Valen,
  • Carol Greenwood,
  • Sarah Pittiglio,
  • Kurt Malchow,
  • Amy Luers