Research and Tools

A collection of CNU research, tools for Climate Change and news relivent the CUN-California’s work to ‘envision a plan for an adaptive future.’


AgroClimate—Tools for Managing Climate Risk in Agriculture

Interactive tools and climate information provide support to improve crop management decisions and reduce production risks associated with climate variability, climate change, and extreme weather events in the southeastern United States.

Visit the U.S. Climate Resiliance Toolkit for a wide rage of tools that are available to help manage and visualize climate-related risks and opportunities, and to help guide you in building resilience to extreme events


  • Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans
    The workbook provides guidance for conducting risk-based climate change vulnerability assessments and developing adaptation action plans. It is an ideal tool for organizations that manage places, watersheds or coastal environments.
  • Beyond the Basic – Hazard Mitigation Planning
    This website helps local governments prepare a new or update and existing hazard mitigation plan.
  • Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT)
    CREAT is a software tool that assists drinking water and wastewater utility managers in understanding potential climate change threats, assessing the related risks at their individual utilities, and developing adaptation strategies.
  • Climate Smart Strategy Toolbox – Water Managers (PDF)(37 pp, 513 K, About PDF)
    This provides climate change preparedness strategies for water managers and consumers, which is organized according to sector and goals or outcomes the strategy achieves.
    COAST predicts damages from sea level rise and storms of various intensities. It evaluates relative benefits and costs of response strategies using a stakeholder process.
  • Coastal Resilience Tool Kit
    The toolkit offers advanced decision-making for coastal risk assessment. This interactive suite of tools allows users to examine storm surge, sea level rise, natural resources and economic assets. It also allows users to develop risk reduction and restoration solutions.
  • Digital Coast
    This data viewer provides coastal managers and scientists with a preliminary look at sea level rise and coastal flooding impacts. It is a screening-level tool that uses nationally consistent data sets and analyses.
  • Flood Resilience Guide: A Basic Guide to Water and Wastewater Utilities
    Targeted to small and mid-size utilities, the Flood Resilience Guide outlines a simple, 4-step assessment process to help any water utility know their flooding threat and identify practical mitigation options to protect their critical assets.
    Hazus is a nationally applicable methodology that contains models for estimating potential losses from floods, earthquakes and hurricanes.
  • National Stormwater Calculator
    EPA’s National Stormwater Calculator (SWC) is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States. Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records.
  • Resilient Community Scorecard
    Vermont created this checklist for communities to assess their resilience in key areas including land use, transportation, energy, and healthy community design.
  • Road Map for Adapting to Coastal Risk (PDF)(2 pp, 626 K, About PDF)
    The Roadmap uses a stakeholder approach to help communities characterize their exposure to current and future hazard and climate threats and incorporate relevant data and information about hazards and climate into existing planning and decision-making efforts.
  • Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM)
    This model simulates the dominant processes involved in wetland conversions and shoreline modifications during long-term sea level rise.
  • Sea, Lake and Overland Surges from Hurricanes SLOSH
    SLOSH estimates storm surge heights resulting from historical, hypothetical, or predicted hurricanes by taking into account the atmospheric pressure, size, forward speed, and storm tracks.
  • Sea-Level Change Curve Calculator
    An online tool to evaluate sea level and climate change for coastal projects using local tide gauges.
  • U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
    The site is for citizens, communities, businesses, resource managers, planners, and policy leaders. It provides scientific tools, information, and expertise to manage climate-related risks and opportunities, and improve their resilience to extreme events.

Adapt Now

The Global Commission on Adaptation seeks to accelerate adaptation by elevating the political visibility of adaptation and focusing on concrete solutions.


The plan relies on peer-reviewed scientific information and expert
judgment to identify vulnerabilities to EPA’s mission and goals from climate change.

Climate Adaptation

This report, funded by the Kresge Foundation, examines in depth actions that multiple municipalities are taking to address climate-change fueled events

Adaptation Strategy

Climate change is already affecting California. This report was written by the California Natural Resources Agency to ensure a coordinated effort in adapting to the unavoidable impacts of climate change.

What can be done to Adapt to the consequences of Climate Change

we strive to understand and discuss how we can best contribute to and enhance efforts to adapt to our changing climate

New Urbanism isn’t dead — but thanks to climate change, it is evolving. On September 29 – 30, 2017 CNU began to define the role of New Urbanism in the climate change conversation. CNU movement pioneers Andrés DuanyElizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Peter Calthorpe joined with dozens of others at a Climate Summit hosted by the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU). The challenges outlined there — and the envisioned solutions — could signal the movement’s rebirth.

The CNU California chapter is actively working towards envisioning a plan for an adaptive future. 

Climate Forum – Day 1

Climate Forum – Day 2

Climate Change



Adaptation Council