How to Search

The search page provides access to the full database of resources.

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Navigating the Site

1. What is the difference between Search and Explore?

The Search page allows a user to access all resources in the database, searchable by region, topic, impact, and resource type. Explore provides access to some resources in the database curated by topics, and data and tools.

2. What is the difference between Case Studies and Climate Stories?

Case studies are examples of how public agencies, businesses, and organizations are responding to climate change impacts. Climate stories are first-person accounts of individual actions or initiatives that are building resilience across the state.

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3. How can I suggest a resource (local plan, case study, research, etc.)?

At the bottom of the webpage is a button to submit a resource, case study, or any other feedback for consideration to the ICARP team, using this link. Please email with any questions.

4. I found something that is incorrect on the site. How can I report this?

You may use the same link as mentioned above, or you may email

Searching the Database

5. What information am I searching when I type into the search bar?

When you enter search terms into the search bar (i.e., "sea level rise plan"), the database queries the tags and descriptions assigned to each resource by OPR staff. The search bar is NOT conducting a full-text search across the resources.

The clearinghouse database was designed to provide users with a curated set of resources, relevant to specific questions or areas of need. During site-development, OPR found that providing a full-text search diluted the search results, diminishing the utility of the database. For example, full-text search results do not distinguish resources that included a search term once versus a resource that substantively addresses the topic. Future enhancements to the Adaptation Clearinghouse may include a full-text search option as an advanced search feature.

6. What are the filters, and how do they work?

The filters correspond to the tags that are used to organize the resources in the database. Tags are assigned by knowledgeable staff after carefully reviewing each resource before it is entered into the database. For additional information on resource tags, please see FAQ question #8.

7. What is the "Public Agencies" filter?

The Public Agencies filter enables a user to search for resources developed by Federal, State, Local, or Tribal governments.

8. What are the tags? How are they used?

Tags are keywords that are assigned to each resource. Tags are grouped into categories, such as “climate impact”, “topic”, and “resource type”, etc. As an example, the category “Topic” includes the tags “public health”, “transportation”, “water”, etc. The full back-end database includes 24 different categories, with over a hundred unique tags. Four of these categories are visible to users on the front end of the site, however all categories and tags are searchable using the “search bar” (see also FAQ #3 above). A summary of all categories and tags used in the database are available for download via excel Excel. This reference excel sheet will be updated as the back-end database categories and tags are updated and modified.