California State Adaptation Clearinghouse -

California’s Adaptation Clearinghouse has been developed by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) in response to CA’s 2015 Senate Bill 246 - which directed OPR to form the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program. One main component of the Program is the State Adaptation Clearinghouse, which serves as 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 projects to promote resiliency across California.” The Geospatial Innovation Facility at University of California, Berkeley is managing the clearinghouse web development and site design. The database and website is under development until and beyond the anticipated site launch in the Summer of 2018. 

The database hosts a number of case studies of innovative adaptation measures from California communities, local governments, non-profits, and the private sector. The case studies are organized by solution oriented topics such as aligning with science, securing funding, and overcoming legal barriers. 

Users can search and select resources in various ways, including by Topic, Impact, or Resource Type. The sectoral topic categories used in the clearinghouse were adopted from California’s state adaptation plan - Safeguarding CaliforniaTopics (Sectors) include: Agriculture; Biodiversity and Habitat; Emergency Management; Energy; Equity and Environmental Justice; Forestry; Investing in Adaptation; Land Use and Community Development; Ocean and Coasts; Parks, Recreation and Historical and Cultural Resources; Public Health; Transportation; and Water. 

The types of resources included in the Clearinghouse include, but are not limited to:

  • Assessments, plans or strategies
  • Communication or educational materials
  • Planning and/or policy guidance
  • Data, tools, and research
  • Case studies, projects, or examples

Publication Date: 2018

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User Comments:

  • May 14, 2018
    Felipe Floresca, Vice President at Emerald Cities Collaborative - California State Adaptation Clearinghouse offers a very useable and practical guide to equitable, community-driven climate preparedness. In particular, the Geospatial Innovation Facility at the University of California, Berkeley provides ongoing data and insight. The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) guide to equitable, community-driven climate preparedness builds upon the past Obama Administration's focus on addressing climate vulnerability and the promotion of public engagement with California-based NGOs and local leaders. This is a evolving resource. California is the foremost state leader in this area.