Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE)


Island Press co-founded the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) to enrich, strengthen, and accelerate thinking on climate change adaptation. Guided by a diverse group of stakeholders and advisors, CAKE delivers information to a growing community of practitioners.


CAKE makes it easy for decision-makers on the ground and at the policy level to share adaptation resources, data, tools, best practices, connections, and lessons learned. It includes a robust geo-referenced database, along with the following interlinking features:



Virtual Library

 Virtual Library: Offers quality-confirmed information to support your adaptation planning


Case StudiesCase Studies: Provides examples from on-the-ground adaptation practitioners


DirectoryDirectory: Connects people and organizations working on adaptation

ToolsTools: Presents available online tools to help with adaptation decisions
CommunityCommunity: Contains advice columns, a calendar of events, opportunities board, and discussion forum
CAKE map 
CAKE’s map-based interface geographically displays adaptation case studies, directory members, and other resources.

Featured Content:


Interview with Don Falk


Don Falk, associate professor at the School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona, and Island Press author, speaks about the current role of restoration ecology in the face of climate change and altered world ecosystems. He emphasizes how restoration ecologists are already equipped with the skill set to address climate change as a direct result of working with stressed environments, and also explains a current paradigm shift that replaces restoration ecology with resilience ecology.


In this expert panel on how the Pacific Northwest will be impacted by climate change and how it should be managed, Island Press authors Dr. Anthony Barnosky, and Dr. Jennifer Hoffman discuss climate change adaptation projects and efforts in the area. Other topics addressed at the event focus on the uncertainty of climate change, triage, prioritization, and win-win adaptation strategies.


Featured Partner: EcoAdapt

CAKE is a joint project of Island Press and EcoAdapt.


Founded by a team of some of the earliest adaptation thinkers and practitioners in the field, EcoAdapt has one goal—creating a robust future in the face of climate change. They bring together diverse players in the conservation, policy, science, and development communities to reshape conservation and resource management in response to rapid climate change.