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Climate Resilience

Developing tools and practices that address real problems and provide data driven solutions to the ongoing and growing challenges that climate change poses for our communities.

Core Beliefs


  • The climate crisis is the pressing environmental issue of our generation
    Climate impacts are being seen all around us, right now - it is no longer a future risk issue
  • Most vulnerable communities are often least resourced to prepare / mitigate
  • Often the same actions can simultaneously increase community and ecosystem resilience to climate impacts and reduce contributions to climate change
  • The most effective way to have meaningful impact through data science is to understand the real problems people are facing, which can be accomplished through relationship building and active listening
  • The role of DSE is to bring solutions all the way to the community that needs them by asking about areas of need, building tools to respond to that need, and iterating on those tools through a feedback relationship


Focal Areas

The DSE Climate Resilience Program is currently building relationships, conducting explorations, and performing initial analyses in the following interconnected focal areas:


Sustainable Food Systems and Agricultural Communities

Agricultural practices can be highly contributive to the climate crisis, while agricultural producers are among the most climate vulnerable communities. We seek solutions that empower producers decisions making to benefit themselves and the planet, using their own data in concert with external data.


Freshwater Availability and Quality

Freshwater access and cleanliness is among the most pressing limitations communities face in a changing climate. We hope to support community water systems by supporting local efforts to improve water system infrastructure through partnership and development of problem-specific data science tooling


Extreme Weather Event Preparedness and Response

Extreme weather events have become more frequent and more intense in a changing climate. Community preparedness for these events, coupled with adaptive response plans, are vital to community resilience to events like storms and droughts, as well as related disasters, like floods and fires.

Why Climate Resilience?

Planet Earth is experiencing climate change in the form of altered temperature regimes, shifting precipitation patterns, and increased weather extremes. The changing climate has implications for every aspect of life on Earth - ecosystem functionality, landscape habitability, and human communities are all at risk. We believe that effective responses to the climate crisis must simultaneous work to reduce the inputs that are creating the crisis and support resiliency to the impacts that are already being seen.



Honing in on our inaugural program areas

DSE began as a broad vision to utilize data for making a positive impact on environmental challenges. Our funders and founding team were united by an optimism for our planet's health and the pressing need to use everything at our disposal to counter our climate uncertain future. They saw a clear path to leverage current research and expertise and use data to uncover insights for action. Underlying our efforts are open practices - open data, open science, and open source to create work that can be transparent, scalable, easily accessible, and designed with community support.

August 3, 2023


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    Maya Weltman-Fahs

    Maya Weltman-Fahs

    Senior Program Manager
    Eric and Wendy Schmidt Center for Data Science & Environment at Berkeley
    Program Lead