About CRI

About CRI

The Climate Readiness Institute develops 21st century climate adaptation solutions for the Bay Area and California and creates knowledge to inform and inspire cities worldwide.

CRI brings together academic experts from UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory with climate leaders from government agencies, non-profits and the private sector. Through “co-production” partnerships, we develop and disseminate science-based solutions for the impacts of sea level rise, drought, heatwaves, and wildfires on health, infrastructure, and ecosystems in the Bay Area and California.

Climate Adaptation Research Projects

CRI supports joint academic-stakeholder, inter-disciplinary research projects that inform Bay Area and California climate adaptation decision-making and produce new, groundbreaking knowledge. We work across the campus involving climate science, law, urban planning, engineering, communications and more.

Outreach and Education

CRI uses workshops, webinars, and various media channels to help academics and stakeholders to spotlight key issues, build the capacity of communities, and identify topics for in-depth study.

21st Century Climate Leader Training

CRI’s research projects and outreach activities provide valuable climate education experiences and networking opportunities for Berkeley students and community members. Young people, having grown up under the specter of climate change, are called to action, and CRI provides a local, hands-on framework for their efforts.



Bruce Riordan, Program Director

Bruce Riordan is the Program Director for the Climate Readiness Institute. He also serves as the Director of the Bay Area Climate Adaptation Network (BayCAN), a network of local government staff working on climate adaptation and resilience in the nine-county Bay Area. Previously, Mr. Riordan served as the Climate Strategist for the Bay Area Joint Policy Committee and consulted on climate change strategies for BART, Next 10, the Marin Community Foundation, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and the Bay Area Quality Management District.


Aleka Seville, Sonoma Regional Climate Protection Authority
Ann Blake, Ann Blake Consulting
Andy Jones, Climate & Ecosystems Sciences, Lawrence Berkeley Lab
Carl Blumstein, California Institute for Energy & Environment, UC Berkeley
Dan Zevin, Space Sciences Lab, UC Berkeley
David Ackerly, College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley
David Behar, City/County of San Francisco
David Lindeman, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, UC Berkeley
Kate Gordon, Governor’s Office of Planning & Research
Kristina Hill, College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley
Linda Rudolph, Public Health Institute
Mark Stacey, College of Engineering, UC Berkeley
Robert Dickinson, Argos Analytics
Ron Cohen, College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley
Steve Weissman, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley




News and Projects

CRI News and Projects

Health, Wildfires & Climate Change Project

CRI is leading a project to identify solutions for protecting public health from wildfire events in California. This includes a workshop at UC Berkeley for 80+ participants, a statewide webinar, and supplemental stakeholder interviews. See agenda here and the slide presentations here.

These activities produced a White Paper outlining health-related solutions for fire zone residents, fire workers, and distant areas affected by smoke, with a focus on highly vulnerable populations. The white paper will be used by CRI and its partners to advocate for new and expanded health/wildfire policies, programs and funding, as well as research to support state action.

Funding was provided by UC Berkeley’s California Institute for Energy and Environment, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, and the College of Natural Resources, plus the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.


Bay Area Region Report— California’s 4th Climate Assessment

CRI supported UC Berkeley faculty in producing a 100+ page report on current and projected climate impacts for the San Francisco Bay Area. The report was one of 9 regional reports,  42 technical reports, and 4 statewide reports produced for California’s 4th Climate Change Assessment, the state-sponsored research program headed by the Natural Resources Agency. The report examines the latest climate science and outlines the impacts on natural systems, infrastructure, and health. CRI produced a Webinar with the Coordinating Lead Authors.


RISeR SF Bay Project: Resilient Infrastructure as Seas Rise

CRI is providing public and stakeholder outreach services for the RISeR SF Bay Project, including support for briefings, presentations, and focus groups. RISeR SF Bay is developing research on the impact of sea level rise on Bay Area transportation infrastructure, the inter-dependence of local actions on sea level rise, and governance barriers and options. CRI also produced a webinar featuring principal investigators Mark Stacey (UC Berkeley), Mark Lubell (UC Davis) and Patrick Barnard (USGS). RISeR is funded by the National Science Foundation.


Project Hyperion

CRI is providing stakeholder coordination through Lawrence Berkeley Lab for Project Hyperion, a 3-year national project involving research scientists at 10 universities and water agency staff for four watersheds—Sierra Nevada, Upper Colorado River, Susquehanna River and the South Florida area. This “co-production” project is working to align climate science models and data products with the information needs of water agency managers. CRI is facilitating scientist-practitioner workshops and assisting with stakeholder communications. Project Hyperion is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.



California Ocean Protection Council — AB 2516 Implementation Project

CRI conducted a year-long project for the Ocean Protection Council working with sea level rise stakeholders in 6 regions of California—North Coast, SF Bay, Delta, Central Coast, Los Angeles/Orange coast, and San Diego—to identify barriers and solutions for local sea level rise planning. The project produced a set of recommendations for state action and detailed information on 250+ projects and plans for inclusion in the State’s new Climate Adaptation Clearinghouse. The project was funded by OPC to implement Assembly Bill 2516 (Gordon).


Land Acquisition and Ecosystem Carbon in California

CRI supported this UC Berkeley project for the State Coastal Conservancy to provide carbon data and information about the Coastal Conservancy’s land acquisitions over the last 30 years. The project focused on two important components of California’s ecosystem carbon sequestration: above-ground carbon sequestration in forests and below-ground sequestration in grasslands and rangelands. The Coastal Conservancy has facilitated the permanent protection of more than 400 acquisitions in coastal California, encompassing more than 375,000 acres and a wide range of ecosystems. CRI performed outreach and education tasks for the project, including a statewide Webinar with the project principals.


Bay Area Water in a Changing Climate

CRI designed and conducted a half-day workshop at UC Berkeley for 115 participants to review and discuss key climate-related issues and solutions for Bay Area water agencies. The project was funded by CRI’s donors and produced a set of “Action Memos” to guide local and state efforts to address California’s severe drought.


CRI Webinar Archive

Live Edge Adaptation Project (LEAP)

Presented by Nate Kauffman, UC Berkeley Watch the video of this 1 hour webinar here

Engaging Communities in Effective Problem Solving The Resilient Communities Initiative

Listen to the 1 Hour Recording – Presentation and Discussion (download video)

California @ the Paris Climate Talks (COP21)

The Under 2 MOU

Ken Alex, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (download pdf)

Community Choice Aggregation

Tom Kelly, KyotoUSA Shawn Marshall, LEAN Energy US (download pdf) Dawn Weisz, Marin Clean Energy (download pdf)



Contact Us

For more information:
Bruce Riordan