About CRI

Our Method

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.

Our Mission

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.

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

News and Projects

Bay Area Climate News from CRI

September 2018 (download PDF)
June 2018 (download PDF)
April 2018 (download PDF)
February 2018 (download PDF)
November 2017 (download pdf)
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 Webinars

CRI BayCAN Webinar – Bay Area Region Report – CA 4th Assessment

Watch the 60-minute webinar here featuring UC Berkeley’s David Ackerly, Mark Stacey and Bruce Riordan plus Berkeley Lab’s Andy Jones.

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 RESEARCH PROJECTS

UC Berkeley Conference on Climate and Health

Project led by CRI for the California Institute for Energy and Environment at Berkeley. CRI will design and conduct a major workshop on climate and health issues in California in Spring 2019.

RISeR SF Bay (Resilient Infrastructure as Seas Rise)

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). Final Report with Key Findings and 6 Snapshots of programs, projects, key barriers, etc. in 6 regions—San Diego, Los Angeles/Orange, Central Coast, Bay Area, North Coast and Delta. (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 three climate adaptation topics for the Bay Area and California:

Flooding (sea level rise, storms, tides)

Support the work of local governments, regional agencies and the State of California who are advancing local and regional planning. Conduct joint research projects on governance, financing, nature-based solutions and other critical topics.

Health

Integrate health considerations into the mainstream of Bay Area planning for climate impacts such as heat, wildfires, 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

Aleka Seville, Sonoma Regional Climate Protection Authority
Alex Zwissler, Einstellung Labs LLC
Andy Gunther, Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium
Carl Anthony, Breakthrough Communities
Carl Blumstein, UC Berkeley
Dan Zevin, UC Berkeley
David Ackerly, UC Berkeley
Kate Gordon, Paulson Institute
Kristina Hill, UC Berkeley

 
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
Steve Weissman, UC Berkeley

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
510.306.0130

Maria Hjelm
510.642.5979