Forecasts and Planning Tools

CASES Database and Adaptation Library

Interest in adapting to climate change at the state and local level is growing as concern about the impacts of climate change on local infrastructure, economies, human populations, government services, and ecosystems increases. Understanding how other state and local governments are adapting to climate change is often helpful for:

  1. building public and political support for adaptation,
  2. better defining what adapting to climate change can involve, and
  3. providing opportunities to learn from the experiences of other state and local governments who have already started the process of adapting to climate change.

The CASES (Climate Adaptation caSE Studies) database was created to support climate change adaptation efforts at the state, regional, and local level. CASES is a user-driven, searchable database that provides basic information on state and local level adaptation planning efforts. Users can search the database by any other combination of search options. Users are also encouraged to submit case studies to the database.

The CASES Adaptation Library was created to provide more general information on planning for climate change. The library provides links to a wide variety of reports, studies, and other general information on adaptation planning that are not specific to any one community.

Note: The CASES database and adaptation library is a volunteer effort. Because content is user-driven, we expect the content to expand over time. If you are aware of projects or resources not currently included in CASES, please consider adding those projects or resources to the site or contacting the CIG with the suggested additions.


CASES was developed by the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington with funding support from the Washington Department of Ecology and Depatment of Community, Trade, and Economic Development.

Additional input on the design and functionality of CASES was provided by the following individuals in the NOAA RISA community: Joe Abraham (CLIMAS), Dan Ferguson (CLIMAS), Melissa Finucane (Pacific RISA), Jessica Lowrey (Western Water Assessment), and Steve Snowy (CLIMAS).