Catalyzing action through new online resources
The Fourth Assessment funded the development and enhancement of several tools and resources to support climate action. These are linked and described below.
Cal-Adapt is the State’s portal for providing easy access to the climate change projections that underpin the Fourth Assessment, enabling data download and visualizations of climate scenarios at the local level as well as wildfire projections for the entire state. Visualization tools for key climate variables and many data sets are available to the public.
The California Heat Assessment Tool is a new tool funded by the Fourth Assessment to inform the planning efforts of local public health officials. The tool provides health-informed heat thresholds for communities across California and examines how the frequency and severity of local heat waves are expected to change over time due to climate change.
USGS Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS)
The Fourth Assessment funded an expansion of the USGS CoSMoS model, which projects complex coastal dynamics in a variety of coastal flooding scenarios. This includes an update to the Our Coast Our Future (OCOF) Flood Viewer, developed by Point Blue Conservation Science, which provides a web tool to view CoSMoS flood hazard projections.
USGS Hazard Exposure Reporting & Analytics (HERA)
The Fourth Assessment funded expanded coverage of the USGS HERA web tool, which links the above USGS CoSMoS flood projections to socioeconomic impacts to coastal communities.
Adaptation Capability Advancement Toolkit (Adapt-CA)
The Adaptation Capability Advancement Toolkit, termed Adapt-CA, was created to help local governments overcome common organizational barriers and advance their capability to implement climate change adaptation measures. The Toolkit can help local governments assess their existing capabilities for climate adaptation and identify concrete actions to advance their capabilities for more effective planning and implementation of climate change adaptation activities.
California Emergency Response Infrastructure Climate Vulnerability Tool (CERI-Climate)
California owns or operates over 600 facilities that are critical to the state's ability to respond to disasters. CERI-Climate is a decision-support tool that helps evaluate the risk to these facilities from flood and wildfire and how climate change may affect these risks.