Tools Salon [2018]

The 3rd California Adaptation Forum will feature a dynamic tools salon to provide participants with opportunities to learn more about new adaptation-related tools through targeted demonstration periods, as well as to connect directly with tool providers throughout the duration of the Forum. We are adding tools to this page on an ongoing basis – check back often to see what tools will be featured at the Forum!


DNV GL’s B-READY building resilience assessment tool helps building owners and managers translate climate-related, site-specific risks into actionable resilience strategies. The B-READY assessment covers over 140 aspects of building resilience, including strategies related to communications and security; electrical systems, fire protection, HVAC, equipment and furnishings, operations, plumbing, shell and structure, and site design. The results of the assessment are provided in a technical report that includes the building resilience index (on a 1 – 100 scale) and recommended resilience measures for improving the building’s ability to withstand climate-related events. B-READY incorporates a social resilience component to assess how resilient a building’s occupants are to climate-related events. Learn more at



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 and is a primary resource to support vulnerability assessments in communities across the state. The site is developed and managed by UC Berkeley’s Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) with funding and advisory oversight from the California Energy Commission. Learn more at



The California Adaptation Clearinghouse is a centralized source of information and resources to assist decision-makers at the state, tribal, regional, and local levels when planning for and implementing climate adaptation and resiliency efforts across California. The Adaptation Clearinghouse allows you to navigate a searchable database of adaptation and resilience resources, curated by climate impact, topic, and region. Importantly, the Adaptation Clearinghouse also provides a platform to share and access case studies and stories that showcase how communities, businesses, and organizations across the state are responding to climate change impacts. Learn more at



RAND Corporation‘s California Emergency Response Infrastructure Climate Vulnerability Tool (CERI-Climate) is an interactive tool that combines a database of California critical emergency response infrastructure with projected flood and wildfire hazard footprints to examine theexposure and associated impacts to infrastructure statewide from these hazards. The database contains over 600 assets, such as emergency services and health care facilities. Outputs include maps and tables describing facility exposures, flood and fire risks, property damage estimates from flooding, and estimates of operational disruption. The tool allows users to examine a range of conditions spanning different emissions scenarios, climate models, hazard severity, and other factors in 20-year time intervals through the year 2100. The tool also provides the ability to examine results for particular facility types, specific counties, and for facilities located in disadvantaged communities.



The California Heat Assessment Tool (CHAT) was built as part of the State’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment. CHAT is a decision-support tool that provides actionable information for state and local practitioners to understand current and future heat wave danger for their community and better prepare for extreme heat in the future. CHAT provides interactive maps overlaying a series of indicators that contribute to heat-health vulnerability (climate data, demographic (census) data, medical data, and built environment data) which can be used to inform the identification of vulnerable communities, the incorporation of heat and health into policy and planning, and the communication of extreme heat as a public health priority. More information can be found at



Climate Ready Communities is an assisted do-it-yourself program that supports leaders of small to medium sized communities who want to build climate resilience, but do not have the financial resources to hire a consultant or the technical capacity to do it entirely on their own. Communities in the program benefit from the following climate resilience support: a free, comprehensive guide – A Practical Guide to Developing Climate Resilience; an affordable, companion subscription service that provides assistance in the form of templates, online tutorials, consulting time, and monthly, live support webinars; and add-on services, including climate change projections, workshop facilitation, and additional blocks of consulting hours. Climate Ready Communities is a program of the Geos Institute’s ClimateWise® initiative. To learn more, please visit or



To address the challenges of climate adaptation, we need a coordinated approach to resource management. EcoAtlas is a science-based data management and mapping toolset designed and maintained by the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI). Developed in collaboration with a statewide network of Federal, State, Regional, and local public agencies and NGOs, EcoAtlas coordinates natural resource restoration and protection efforts in the context of population growth and climate change. EcoAtlas dynamically displays data made available in public databases, and provides sophisticated analytics to share and visualize information to address critical resource management questions. The use of EcoAtlas is expanding as it uniquely enables users to aggregate the best available data for strategic decision support in the landscape, watershed, or regional context. Learn more at



Temperate helps cities work through the process of climate change adaptation planning, including exploring climate hazards, creating vulnerability assessments, and crafting action plans. Using temperature and precipitation climate projections for the user’s location, Temperate suggests potential future climate hazards that may be of significance. After exploring potential hazards, Temperate walks users through assessing each hazard’s possible impact on various community systems. Finally, after the assessment stage, Temperate will suggest possible actions the user might take to address the risk, based on a database of strategies currently being used by a subset of US communities. Best of all, Temperate users can get support from experienced adaptation planners at ICLEI at any stage of the process. Learn more at


UrbanFootprint is cloud-based software designed to address the challenges of sustainable urban planning. Planners, designers, environmental analysts produce better outcomes for their cities and communities. But, we’re not just another software company. Our background as planners means that we understand the challenges of the planning process. UrbanFootprint helps you save time and money while delivering projects with more insight. UrbanFootprint helps in all phases of a planning project. Spend less time collecting data and get your projects started faster with hundreds of curated reference layers. Explore different futures with advanced scenario design tools. Test scenarios against key factors such as risk and resilience, accessibility, emissions, transportation, conservation, and many more. Finally, compare alternatives to identify co-benefits and winning results for your project area. For more information, please visit