Climate Access is piloting innovative climate communications and engagement approaches in the field.

We collaborate with clients and partners across sectors, including nonprofit organizations, government agencies and academic institutions to test new approaches and develop cutting-edge outreach strategies tailored to specific contexts and regions. 


Visualizing climate impacts and solutions
One of the key barriers to action on climate change is that risks don’t seem immediate and urgent to most people. Climate Access is using cutting-edge technology, scientific data and innovative engagement techniques to bring sea level rise data to life, enabling community members to be part of decision making processes to prepare for climate impacts and build stronger, more resilient communities.

Here. Now. Us

In the early stages of environmental education, hands-on experiences are critical. In 2015, Climate Access installed OWL viewfinders - a device modeled after the classic coin-operated binoculars commonly found at scenic viewpoints - along a multi-use pathway in Marin County, CA. The viewfinders were modernized with 3D visualizations of climate projection data that allowed passersby to understand how familiar places are being affected by climate change, bringing these impacts closer to home and motivating people to get involved in preparing for and reducing the risks of sea level rise.

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Look Ahead - San Mateo

In 2016, two additional OWL digital viewfinders were installed at Coyote Point Recreation Area in San Mateo County, CA, offering visitors a 360-degree view of the current and expected impacts of sea level rise, as well as planned and future possible responses. Those who engaged with the viewfinders are asked questions gauging their interest in the issue and willingness to engage further in the public process. San Mateo’s shoreline is particularly vulnerable to sea level rise and the public’s reaction and involvement will help guide long-term resilience strategies.

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Look Ahead - San Francisco

In 2017, Climate Access will return to San Francisco with a new mobile app utilizing virtual reality technology to provide a more immersive window into sea level rise impacts and solutions. The project will focus on three unique sites to reach stakeholders who are otherwise not engaged in community risk reduction efforts and prompt users to take action and encourage involvement in local planning efforts. Following the San Francisco pilot period, this innovative virtual reality experience has the potential to be scaled and brought to cities across the country.