About CRI

Our Method

The CRI brings together academics and climate practitioners from government, non-profits and the private sector to work in four areas:

Climate Adaptation Research Projects

CRI conducts joint academic-stakeholder, inter-disciplinary research projects that inform Bay Area climate decision-making and produce new, groundbreaking knowledge.

Bay Area Climate Adaptation Services

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

UC Climate Initiative Support

CRI supports university-led climate initiatives by packaging and presenting Bay Area and California climate success stories that inspire and inform metro areas globally.

21st Century Climate Leader Training

CRI provides in-depth climate education experiences for graduate and undergraduate students, community members, and Bay Area leaders.

Our Mission

The Climate Readiness Institute develops 21st century climate adaptation solutions to build the Bay Area’s capacity for action, and creates knowledge to inform and inspire cities worldwide.

Who We Are

The CRI, headquartered at UC Berkeley, features experts from the region’s leading research institutions including climate science, civil engineering, urban planning, ecology, oceanography, and law. Public sector partners include natural resource managers, transportation planners, health departments, and representatives from local, regional, and state government. Leading business groups, community-based organizations, and science education stakeholders are key players in charting CRI’s direction. Working together, this diverse team is developing solutions to the Bay Area’s most pressing climate challenges that would not be possible by working alone, while creating new knowledge for cities worldwide.

Students in Research

The role of both undergraduate and graduate students is vital to the success of the CRI. Young people, having grown up under the specter of climate change, are called to action and eager to participate. The CRI provides a framework, as well as financial support, for students of involved faculty to participate in research that is local, hands-on, and relevant in real-time. They will affect change and shift policy.

CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS: SEA LEVEL RISE, HEAT WAVES, WATER/ENERGY SHORTAGES, WILDFIRES, ETC.

News and Projects

Bay Area Climate News from CRI

September 2017 (download cri-enewsletter-sept-2017)
July 2017 (download pdf)
May 2017 (download pdf)
April 2017 (download pdf)
February 2017 (download pdf)
November 2016 (download pdf)
August 2016 (download pdf)
May 2016 (download pdf)
March 2016 (download pdf)

CRI Webinar

RISeR SF Bay Project – Mark Stacey, Mark Lubell and Patrick Barnard

Watch the 90 minute webinar here. The latest sea level rise science (Barnard), initial modeling findings on regional/local impacts for SF Bay (Stacey) and new Bay Area polling data + The Governance Gap (Lubell)

CRI Webinar

Land Acquisition and Ecosystem Carbon in California

Watch the 90 minute webinar (with Q&A) here showcasing key project findings from the UC Berkeley team — Ackerly, Silver, Butsic, Battles, Gonzalez, Kelly, Mayer, Moanga, and Riordan

CRI Webinar

Live Edge Adaptation Project (LEAP)

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

CRI Webinar

Engaging Communities in Effective Problem Solving The Resilient Communities Initiative

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

CRI Webinar

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)

CRI Roundtable

Creating a Climate-Smart Bay Area  Barrows Hall — U.C. Berkeley

CRI roundtable at The Matrix atop Barrows Hall on campus. The 1/2 day session featured presentations from pairs of academic-practitioner experts on each of CRI’s five focus areas. The presentations outlined key challenges, current CRI projects and potential CRI initiatives to help Bay Area practitioners move forward. For more information, please see the agenda and the complete presentation.

Creating a Climate-Smart Bay Area

Bill Collins, Director, CRI (download pdf)

Natural Systems

David Ackerly, Professor, Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley (download pdf) Nadine Peterson, Deputy Director, California State Coastal Conservancy

Flooding/Sea Level Rise

Kristina Hill, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Planning and Urban Design, UC Berkeley (download pdf) Larry Goldzband, Executive Director, Bay Conservation and Development Commission

Water

David Sedlak, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley (download pdf) Cordel Stillman, Deputy Chief Engineer, Sonoma County Water Agency

GHG Emissions

Andrew Jones, Climate Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (download pdf) Abby Young, Climate Protection Manager, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Health

Rachel Morello-Frosch, Professor, Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley (download pdf) Sara T Mayer, Public Health Director, San Mateo County

The Scientific Consensus Statement and Governor Brown

Tony Barnosky, UC Berkeley (download pdf)

CRI RESEARCH PROJECTS

RISeR SF Bay (Resilient Infrastructure as Seas Rise)

RISeR SF Bay update webinar with Mark Stacey, Mark Lubell and Patrick Barnard. Watch the 90-minute webinar here.

Berkeley—Davis—USGS team led by Mark Stacey, UC Berkeley Civil and Environmental Engineering (download pdf) The Governance Gap: Climate Adaptation and Sea Level Rise in the San Francisco Bay Area – Mark Lubell, UC Davis (download pdf)

Ocean Protection Council AB 2516 Sea Level Rise Database

Project led by CRI’s Bruce Riordan with Daniella Hirschfeld (UC Berkeley) and Sandra Lupien (UC Berkeley) Task 2A Literature Review (download pdf) Task 2B and 2C User Interviews – Barriers Faced by Sea Level Rise Planners (download pdf) Task 2D User Interviews – Initial Input on Database Content and Structure (download pdf)

Strategies for Adapting to Long-Term Sea Level Rise in the San Francisco Bay Area

Project led by Kristina Hill, UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design (download pdf)

Bay Area Water in a Changing Climate

CRI Workshop in Berkeley at the David Brower Center

The CRI hosted a half-day workshop for 115 Bay Area water stakeholders to discuss strategies for addressing the current drought and the longer term shifts in our water/climate world.

Presentations

A Quick Primer on the California Drought — Bruce Riordan, CRI (download pdf) The Bay Area Water Future — William Collins, Berkeley Lab/CRI (download pdf) 2050: The Year We Completed Our Urban Water Transformation — David Sedlak, UC Berkeley Water Center (download pdf)

 

A STRONG BAY AREA ECONOMY=MORE RESOURCES FOR CLIMATE CHANGE WORK.

Staff

Staff

William Collins, Director

UC Berkeley Professor, Senior Scientist, and Climate Sciences Department Chair at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), William Collins is a member of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that is credited with sounding the alarm worldwide about climate change. He is also the chief scientist for the US Department of Energy’s advanced predictive earth system modeling initiative.

Andrew Jones, Deputy Director

Andrew Jones is a research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. A climate scientist with interdisciplinary expertise, Andrew’s research portfolio spans economics, ecology, and policy analysis in addition to earth system modeling. He is interested in how climate data is best used for impacts and adaptation assessment, how to understand and quantify climate uncertainty, and how decisions can be made in the face of that uncertainty. His past work has informed the various ways that biofuels and land use can help or hinder climate mitigation goals.

 

Bruce Riordan, Program Director

Bruce Riordan has been a consultant on climate change strategies in the Bay Area for the last 10 years. For the Joint Policy Committee, he developed and operated the Bay Area Climate & Energy Resilience Project, a learning network of 300+ Bay Area climate stakeholders from the public, private and non-profit sectors. He also founded the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA) that brings together climate adaptation leaders from across California.

Maria Hjelm, Development Director

Maria Hjelm is the Math and Physical Science Development Director in the College of Letters & Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, she oversaw development and communications for the Physics Department and has experience in launching various campus centers including the Berkeley Center for Theoretical Physics and the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Maria spent over a decade in the field of book publishing.

WHAT ARE THE KEY ACTIONS IN A 10/20 YEAR PLAN TO BUILD A HEALTHY AND RESILIENT BAY AREA FOR ALL?

Focus Areas

Focus Areas

The CRI is organized around four climate adaptation topics for the Bay Area and California:

Flooding (sea level rise, storms, tides)

Support the work of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and the Bay Area’s cities and counties that are advancing local and regional planning. Conduct joint research projects on governance, financing, nature-based solutions and other critical topics.

Water Supply

Co-produce knowledge and guidance on climate projections, the costs/benefits of various strategies, water equity, and other issues to support climate action by the Bay Area’s water agencies.

Health

Integrate health considerations into the mainstream of Bay Area planning for climate impacts such as heat, drought, and food price increases. Conduct joint research projects that will create solutions for the Bay Area’s most vulnerable communities and populations.

 

Terrestrial Systems and Working Lands

Increase understanding of the critical roles that Bay Area open space, parks and working lands can play in protecting the Bay Area’s quality of life and building a more resilient and prosperous region in a warmer world. Conduct research projects that demonstrate the value of forests, rangelands and other ecosystems for carbon sequestration, water conservation, and other climate-related issues.

For more information, please contact Bruce Riordan at bruce@climatereadinessinstitute.org

GOVERNANCE: WHAT ARE THE BEST PLANNING IMPLEMENTATION ROLES FOR STATE, REGIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT PLAYERS?

Advisory Group

Advisory Group

Alex Zwissler, Einstellung Labs LLC
Andy Gunther, Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium
Carl Anthony, Breakthrough Communities
Charles Long, Urban Land Institute
David Ackerly, UC Berkeley
Kate Gordon, Paulson Institute
Kristina Hill, UC Berkeley
Larry Goldzband, Bay Conservation and Development Commission

 

Lauren Casey, Regional Climate Protection Authority (Sonoma County)
Linda Rudolph, Public Health Institute
Mark Stacey, UC Berkeley
Maureen Martin, Contra Costa Water District
Paloma Pavel, Breakthrough Communities
Robert Dickinson, Argos Analytics
Ron Cohen, UC Berkeley
Shiva Berman, Consulting Strategist
Steve Weissman, Goldman School of Public Policy

COST AND FINANCE: WHAT MECHANISMS COULD BE PUT IN PLACE IN THE BAY AREA TO FUND ADAPTATION STRATEGIES?

Contact

Contact Us

For more information:
Bruce Riordan
510.665.4357
bruce@climatereadinessinstitute.org

Maria Hjelm
510.642.5979
climatereadiness@berkeley.edu

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