CRI brings academics together with climate practitioners from government, non-profits and the private sector to work in three areas:
Climate Adaptation Research Projects
CRI conducts joint academic-stakeholder, inter-disciplinary research projects that inform Bay Area and California climate decision-making and produce new, groundbreaking knowledge. We work on sea level rise, drought, extreme heat, wildfires and other products of a warming planet.
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.
21st Century Climate Leader Training
CRI provides in-depth climate education experiences for graduate and undergraduate students, community members, and Bay Area leaders.
The Climate Readiness Institute develops 21st century climate adaptation solutions to build California’s capacity for action, and creates knowledge to inform and inspire cities worldwide.
Who We Are
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 California’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. 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.