Chesapeake Bay Climate Adaptation Toolbox

The Chesapeake Bay Climate Adaptation Toolbox (CBCAT) is an inventory of climate tools (data, programs, maps, applications, websites, etc.) with a filter function to help users find tools relevant for the communities in the Chesapeake Bay region and surrounding area.

Getting Started

To get started, head to the Tool Search page to start filtering the collection of tools based on your needs or head to the All Tools page to view the complete list of climate tools and summaries for each. The All Tags page also provides a simple way to filter through tools based on categories such as how often the information is updated, spatial resolution, availability, timescale, and etc. Check the Glossary to see how categories or fields are defined and review the FAQ and Examples page for any questions you may have.


Do you have a project that requires information on climate change or environmental issues and don’t know where to start? Do you not have time to sort through the many available tools that address climate change or other environmental issues? Incorporating climate change and environmental information in a project should not be a difficult and time-consuming task. That is why we designed CBCAT. CBCAT is designed to help you identify the best climate tool(s) for your needs in the Mid-Atlantic Region. A climate tool can include a dataset, program, spreadsheet, application, map, website, or other resource. CBCAT helps speed up the time it takes to find a tool and helps you feel more confident in your choice by allowing you to filter a catalog based on your needs, view summaries, and compare tools in a similar format.

Changes in our climate have become more apparent and important over time. Due to the scope of climate change, and its affects on human societies, it is difficult to collect, analyze, and communicate the results of an analysis without some helpful tools. Tools can help users incorporate climate information into their work to support water management, support planning, help educate users, visualize potential futures or scenarios, and characterize social, economic, and ecological benefits. CBCAT helps you find the tools most helpful to you and your project that addresses changes in our climate.

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Work on this product was initiated by Pamela Braff and continued by Benjamin Watson and Kelsey Ruckert, with additional help from Matthew Lisk, Molly Mitchell, and Robert Nicholas. Kelsey Ruckert ( is the current lead for the project.

Development of this product was supported by the Climate Program Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through the Chesapeake Bay Coastal Climate Extension Pilot Program (NOAA grant NA18OAR4310302). Additional support was provided by the Penn State Center for Climate Risk Management (CLIMA) and the Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) at the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences.