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About Cal-Adapt

2009 California Climate Adaptation StrategyCal-Adapt has been designed to provide access the wealth of data and information that has been, and continues to be, produced by the State's scientific and research community.  The data available in 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 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.” – Page 9, 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  

The data used within the Cal-Adapt visualization tools have been gathered from California’s scientific community, and represent the most current data available wherever possible.  Learn more about the variety of scientists and organizations that have contributed data and resources to Cal-Adapt.

You can learn more about the launch and development of Cal-Adapt from:

KQED Climate Watch: Visualizing California Climate Change

Climate Central: Climate in the Golden State: A Look at “Cal-Adapt”

June 2011 issue of PE&RS



Advisory oversight

Advisory Committee Members include:

Susan Wilhelm (contract manager), California Energy Commission
Aaron Cuthbertson, California Department of Water Resources
JR DeLaRosa, California Natural Resources Agency
Lesley Ewing, California Coastal Commission
Guido Franco, California Energy Commission
Andrew Gunther, Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium; Center for Ecosystem Management and Restoration
Nail Maizlish, California Department of Public Health
Michael McCormick, Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
Jonathan Parfrey, Climate Resolve
Bruce Riordan, Bay Area Joint Policy Committee
La Nae Van Valen, California Department of Transportation


Previous oversight and guidance from:
Carol Greenwood, California Energy Commission
Sarah Pittiglio, California Energy Commission
Kurt Malchow, California Natural Resources Agency
Amy Luers,


Site Development

Kevin Koy, Project lead (now at Berkeley Institute for Data Science, Executive Director)
Shruti Mukhtyar, Web application development
Brian Galey, Web application development
Falk Schuetzenmeister, Web application development
Mark O’Connor, IT configuration
Maggi Kelly, Advisory oversight

Previous contributors:

Sarah Van Wart, Web application development
Matea Marsic, Web application development
Ankita Goyal, Editorial assistance



Amy Luers, then of, articulated the original need and vision for the creation of Cal-Adapt, and was instrumental in securing funding for its development. The Stockholm Environmental Institute’s Dylan Beaudette, Vishal Mehta, and David Purkey 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 who provided valuable feedback throughout several iterations of updates. These individuals represent scientists and climate experts, planners and technicians, as well as interested participants from the general public. We value any and all feedback!




This product is provided for informational purposes only. Users of this information agree by their use to hold blameless the State of California, and its respective officers, employees, agents, contractors, and subcontractors for any liability associated with its use in any form. Specifically, this work shall not be used to assess actual hazards, insurance requirements, or property values.


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