The training courses here can help you acquire the tools, skills, and knowledge you need to manage your climate-related risks and opportunities. All courses are free of charge, and are offered in at least one of three formats: online audio-visual presentations ("Online, Self-Guided" and "Tool Tutorial"), training webinars ("Online, Scheduled Lecture Series"), and residence training courses ("Onsite, Instructor-Led"). Each training module is accompanied with a test to help you evaluate your knowledge. These courses feature scientific information adapted from authoritative sources, prepared by recognized subject matter experts. The courses have been pilot tested with users and other subject matter experts and may be updated periodically, as needed.

Information in this short course summarizes the state-of-the-art science for natural resource managers and decision makers regarding climate variability, change, projections, and ecological and management responses. The course includes video lectures, interactive quizzes, literature citations, and links to further information. The lectures were videotaped at a 2008 workshop that included U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Geological Survey scientists, as well as U.S. Forest Service resource managers.
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Category
Climate Change
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Intermediate
Module time (hr:min)
6:00
This three-day residence training course provides advanced knowledge in climate modeling, downscaling, attribution of extreme weather and water events to climate, and approaches and tools for developing local climate studies.
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Category
Climate Variability
Climate Change
Climate Products
Climate Attribution & Extreme Events
Type of Training
Onsite, Instructor-Led
Difficulty scale
Advanced
These two videos serve as an introduction to the Downscaled Climate and Hydrology Projections website. This website, the result of a collaboration between several federal and non-federal partners, provides access to downscaled climate and hydrology projections for the contiguous United States and parts of Canada and Mexico, derived from contemporary global climate models. In the first video, a hydrologic engineer at the Bureau of Reclamation's Technical Service Center, in Denver, introduces the website and provides an overview of the MetEd lesson: Preparing Hydro-climate Inputs for Climate Change in Water Resources Planning. This lesson provides background information needed to use the projections site effectively to retrieve climate and hydrology projections data for impacts analysis. In the second video, another lecturer steps through the process of retrieving projections data using the website.
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Category
Climate Change
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Intermediate
Module time (hr:min)
0:25
EPA’s Climate Adaptation Training for Local Government helps local officials, municipal staff, and community leaders understand the changing climate and threats posed by climate change to local government services. The module covers climate impacts to water and wastewater services, air quality, public health, contaminated site management, and emergency response. The training also highlights some communities that have taken adaptation actions and provides a list of resources to support climate adaptation planning and implementation in local communities.
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Category
Climate 101
Climate Change
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Climate Attribution & Extreme Events
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:30
This module discusses how a changing climate can lead to changes in extreme weather events on the local scale. The role of natural variability is also explained. The module describes how climate change can have both positive and negative effects, depending on the situation, location, and the vulnerability of the population. While research on the relationships between climate change and extreme events is still relatively new, the module discusses what changes scientists think are likely to happen if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.
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Category
Climate 101
Climate Change
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:15
This module is an overview of the different effects climate change produces in different regions of the United States. In addition to discussing impacts already being experienced, the module presents information on how climate scientists use specialized models and statistical techniques to estimate how regional climates are likely to change in the future.
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Category
Climate Change
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:15
This module looks at how increasing temperatures due to climate change have affected sea level rise and what effects scientists expect in the future, given rising greenhouse gas emissions. The various mechanisms of sea level rise are discussed, as well as the tools and research used to study this topic. The module also discusses how countries and communities are preparing for future increases in sea levels
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Category
Climate Change
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:15
This educational module provides a brief overview of current and projected climate change effects on water resources, vegetation, wildlife, and disturbances, specifically geared towards forest and grassland ecosystems. A friendly and neutral approach provides animations, examples, and outward links to more information. There is a 10-question activity at the end of the module, and users who complete the activity will receive a printable certificate with their name and the date completed.
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Category
Climate Change
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:20
This educational module provides a brief overview of the climate system, greenhouse gases, climate models, current climate change impacts, and future projections. A friendly and neutral approach seeks to demystify and remove the charge from climate change. There is a 14-question activity at the end of the module, and users who complete the activity will receive a printable certificate with their name and the date completed.
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Category
Climate 101
Climate Change
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:20
This module discusses global climate change and the role of increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases emitted by human activities. It also covers signs of climate change, how scientists study climate, scientists’ current thinking on future changes, and what can be done to minimize the effects.
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Category
Climate Change
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
2:00
The Climate Learning Network's eLearning program is designed to help Extension professionals, professional crop advisors, and professional foresters incorporate climate change into their existing program areas and become climate literate. Many modules offer Continuing Education Credits from the Society of American Foresters (SAF) and Certified Crop Advisors (CCA). Modules topics include basic climate science, communication, climate variability, vulnerability assessments, agricultural adaptation practices, and resilient land management.
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Category
Climate 101
Climate Variability
Climate Change
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Communication
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
This site offers 13 recorded presentations from the 29 July–2 August, 2013 offering of the Climate Variability and Change Virtual Course (CVCVC). This five-day live facilitated online course provided an extensive background on a range of climate variability and change topics with an emphasis on developing communication skills for challenging climate topics. The topics covered in this course, while aimed primarily at NOAA operational climate services delivery staff will also be helpful for others who already possess a basic level of understanding of climate science.
Category
Climate 101
Climate Variability
Climate Change
Communication
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Intermediate
This guide helps users with planning and decision making on 12 key coastal management topics, including climate change, shoreline erosion and wetland restoration. Each topic includes a set of expert-designed questions to help teams ask the right questions and get the right data and information. The interactive format makes it easy to customize and share questions and to collaborate with others. Use this guide to get teams on the same page, facilitate planning meetings, assign tasks, and write grant proposals.
Coastal Planning Advisor
Category
Climate Change
Communication
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Intermediate
This is an active, hands-on training to help natural resources managers incorporate climate change considerations into their own real-world ecosystem management projects (not only forests). Participants are guided through the steps of the Adaptation Workbook to define their management objectives, identify relevant regional and local effects of climate change on forest ecosystems, identify challenges and opportunities for management, and develop actionable steps to adapt ecosystems to changing conditions. Participants are encouraged to access post-training support from the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, and to share their stories online as “adaptation demonstrations” at www.forestadaptation.org.
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Category
Climate Change
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Onsite, Instructor-Led
Difficulty scale
Intermediate
Module time (hr:min)
16:00
This course covers a step-by-step approach that can be used to create a new conservation plan or update an existing one that incorporates climate change information. It is suitable for anyone working to manage or conserve lands in coastal areas. This includes wetland, floodplain, or emergency managers, planners, or conservation organizations. The course's six iterative steps draw from existing strategic conservation planning frameworks; however, the steps here focus on climate considerations and key resources relevant to the coastal environment, including coastal watersheds.
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Category
Climate Change
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Climate change interpretation can occur in many venues and formats. This modular self-study curriculum was designed by the National Park Service's Interpretive Development Program to hone knowledge and skills for interpreting climate change, and can be completed at the user's own time and pace. There are several ways to engage with the material—either in-depth with each of the study guides, or accessing information as and when needed. The training includes four modules: (1) Introduction to Interpreting Climate Change; (2) Knowledge of the Resource Issue; (3) Knowledge of the Audience; and (4) Appropriate Techniques and Strategies. Each module contains a Study Guide that provides activities, questions, and links to additional resources, as well as a Learning Companion, the content document developed by a subject matter team.
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Category
Climate Change
Communication
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
This module explains how climate models work. Because the modeling of both weather and climate share some similarities, the content throughout this module compares and contrasts the two, explaining how and why climate models differ from weather models. The module discusses how models are built to simulate climate and generate the statistics that describe it, and concludes with a discussion of how models are tuned and tested.
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Category
Climate Variability
Climate Change
Climate Products
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
1:00
This online module series aims to increase the capacity of municipal decision makers to make effective choices supporting resilience to the impacts from climate change. Considering current and future impacts helps shape decisions that enhance the health, safety, and welfare of Rhode Island’s communities. The brief modules provide an understanding of the implications of a changing climate in Rhode Island. Each module consists of a voice-over PowerPoint, speaker notes, and a resources document. Relevant examples and lessons learned from Rhode Island communities are included, as well as ways to use various resources and tools in decision making. PREP-RI builds upon existing state efforts and is the product of collaboration among experts from a variety of fields. While this series is primarily geared toward coastal municipalities, much of the information will be helpful for inland communities as well as other public- and private-sector stakeholders throughout the state.
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Category
Climate Change
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
This module describes the process of selecting the best available climate projection information and using it to develop “climate-adjusted weather” inputs to be used for modeling climate change impacts. These modeled impacts can be used for planning of future water resources. Specific steps of this process include: (1) recognizing the general science and terms associated with Atmosphere-Ocean General Circulation Models (AOGCMs); (2) making AOGCMs more regionally applicable through bias correction and downscaling; (3) determining climate change scenarios based on climate projections and selecting specific projections to inform each scenario; and (4) developing climate-adjusted weather inputs associated with each climate change scenario.
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Category
Climate Change
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
4:00
The purpose of this training, designed for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service project leaders, managers, biologists, and decision makers, is to bring together staff for a focused examination of climate change topics to carry out their conservation efforts in support of the FWS’s mission. Using the FWS Strategic Plan for Responding to Accelerating Climate Change as a guide, the course examines how to refocus conservation efforts using planning tools at landscape scales. FWS personnel are considered for priority placement in registration. Up to 60 participants can attend.
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Category
Climate Change
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Communication
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Onsite, Instructor-Led
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
36:00
This educational module provides a brief overview of three adaptation options to climate change—resistance, resilience, and transition—and how to incorporate these ideas into natural resource planning. A friendly and neutral approach presents feasible ways to respond to climate change through animations, examples, and outward links to more information. There is a regionally relevant 11-question activity following the main material, and and users who complete the activity will receive a printable certificate with their name and the date completed.
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Category
Climate Change
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:20
This training course describes the physical processes, both natural and human-induced, that lead to changes in sea level. The processes described include climate-induced changes in ocean heat content and volume, natural oceanic cycles, and both natural and human-induced changes in coastal land elevation. The learning is enhanced with rich graphics and periodic questions. The lesson will be useful for those working in the fields of coastal planning and infrastructure development.
Slide from the training course
Category
Climate Change
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:30
This training module is designed to increase understanding of the causes of climate change, its potential impacts on water resources, and the challenges water resource managers are facing. Optional supplementary information on climate change impacts in the United States is included at the end of the course. This module is one of the core modules for the Watershed Academy Certificate Program. Completing this course entitles EPA employees to one Continuous Learning Point (CLP); non-EPA professional certifications can be used as described on the course's webpage.
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Category
Climate Change
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Intermediate
Module time (hr:min)
0:45