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.

Coastal communities increasingly realize the need for adaptation strategies, but many are unsure where to begin. Attend this two-day, instructor-led course to gain a thorough grounding and practical skills for incorporating adaptation strategies into planning processes. Time in class is provided to practice applying what you’ve learned, and opportunities for local collaboration and next steps are emphasized through discussion, participant activities, and local speakers and examples. The course is designed for planners, public works staff, floodplain managers, hazard mitigation planners, sustainability managers, emergency managers, community groups, members of civic organizations, and coastal resource managers. Participants are eligible for continuing education credits through the American Institute of Certified Planners and Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) professional certifications.
A rock groyne at Atlantic Beach, New York.
Category
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Onsite, Instructor-Led
Difficulty scale
Intermediate
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.
Screenshot of the Adapting to Climate Change home page
Category
Climate Change
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Intermediate
Module time (hr:min)
6:00
Climate Academy is a five-month online course designed for natural resource managers and conservation professionals that covers the fundamentals of climate science, provides tools and resources for climate adaptation, and increases climate literacy and communication. The course is conducted annually via webinars held every other week for five months, for a total of ten sessions. Class resources and discussion forums are accessed through Moodle, a distance-learning platform. Course participants develop a final product (such as a report or presentation) addressing climate change in their management of natural resources. There is no tuition for employees of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, or the Bureau of Land Management. For participants from other agencies and organizations, there is a tuition charge of $200.00.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center
Category
Climate 101
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Communication
Type of Training
Online, Scheduled Lecture Series
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
40:00
An instructor-led course that helps participants develop the following five capabilities: (1) recognize the changes and variability in climate; (2) identify opportunities to leverage governance; (3) examine methods for vulnerability assessment; (4) evaluate strengths and weaknesses of strategies; and (5) apply communication research in coastal community adaptation planning.
Promo image for the course Climate Adaptation for Coastal Communities
Category
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Communication
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Onsite, Instructor-Led
Difficulty scale
Intermediate
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.
Screenshot of the Local Government Climate Adaptation Training home page
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 three-day course is designed to guide conservation and resource management practitioners in two essential elements in the design of climate adaptation plans. Specifically, it provides guidance in identifying which species or systems are likely to be most strongly affected by projected changes, and understanding why these resources are likely to be vulnerable, including the interaction between climate shifts and existing stressors. Participants should have a basic knowledge of principles of conservation biology. The course is also available as an online, self-paced course through the National Conservation Training Center's website at http://nctc.fws.gov/courses/alc/alc3184/resources/self-paced-course.html.
Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment training resource
Category
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Onsite, Instructor-Led
Difficulty scale
Intermediate
Module time (hr:min)
24:00
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.
Screen capture of the Climate Learning Network website
Category
Climate 101
Climate Variability
Climate Change
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Communication
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
This two-day instructor-led course offers a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises to give students a better understanding of coastal inundation issues and mapping methods using a geographic information system (GIS). This course has been designed to: understand the types of inundation; learn about products and terminology; access data; perform datum conversions; understand interpolation methods and create DEMS; explore water level data; and map inundation using GIS. In hands-on exercises, students connect to web map services, access elevation data, convert between vertical datums, create and manage digital elevation models, map inundation model output, develop inundation zones, and map sea level rise using modeled tidal surfaces.
Promo image for the course Coastal Inundation Mapping
Category
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Type of Training
Onsite, Instructor-Led
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.
Screenshot of the Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices home page
Category
Climate Change
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Onsite, Instructor-Led
Difficulty scale
Intermediate
Module time (hr:min)
16:00
This short course is designed for land managers who want to understand how forests and grasslands store and release carbon, how management can affect carbon storage and release, and the emerging market contexts. Fifteen presentations are included, accompanied by references and links, and a set of quizzes on the material. Each speaker is an expert in the subject matter presented, and each talk was reviewed by a group of scientists and managers to help improve the clarity and content of the final recording.
Screenshot of the Forest and Grassland Carbon in North America home page
Category
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Intermediate
Module time (hr:min)
5:00
Communities experiencing increasing incidents of coastal flooding are looking for relief. This online guide shows spatial analysts how to incorporate nature-based solutions, or green infrastructure, into their GIS work. A GIS work plan is provided, along with examples, process guidance, case studies, and templates.
GIS Layer Diagram from the Green Infrastructure Mapping Guide training
Category
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Intermediate
Thousands of workers are affected by heat illness each year—environmental heat is a recognized hazard. Workers have the right to receive information and training about hazards and their prevention, and it is the employer's responsibility to provide this. In a training, it is important to include the health effects of heat, how and when to respond to symptoms, and how to prevent them from occurring. This OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Training Guide, in PDF format, includes information in short, interactive lesson plans that can be completed in a tailgate or toolbox talk. Training should be in a language that the worker can understand.
Promotional poster from the OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Campaign
Category
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Climate Attribution & Extreme Events
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:45
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
During this full-day introductory workshop, participants will learn fundamental green infrastructure concepts and practices that can play a critical role in making coastal communities more resilient to natural hazards. Local speakers will share expertise on local and regional ecosystems, existing green infrastructure projects of various scales, and ways in which green infrastructure has been integrated into planning processes.
Promo image for the course Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Training
Category
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Type of Training
Onsite, Instructor-Led
Difficulty scale
Beginner
This one-day, customizable instructor-led course covers the fundamentals of: (1) planning for climate change; (2) conducting vulnerability assessments; (3) engaging stakeholders in climate change preparedness; and (4) how governments are approaching the challenge of preparing for climate change. The course uses examples for planning in marine and coastal environments.
Promo image for the course Planning for Climate Change
Category
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Type of Training
Onsite, Instructor-Led
Difficulty scale
Beginner
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.
Screen capture from the PREP-RI website
Category
Climate Change
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
This training will teach and reinforce awareness of heat-related illness among coaches, athletic trainers, students, school nurses, parents, and teachers. It will also promote the development and implementation of guidelines by these participants.
Home screen of the Recognizing, Preventing, and Treating Heat-Related Illness training module
Category
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Climate Attribution & Extreme Events
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
1:00
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.
Cover of the FWS Strategic Plan
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.
Slide from the training course
Category
Climate Change
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:20
Scenario planning is a valuable decision support method for integrating irreducible and uncontrollable uncertainties into climate change adaptation and other planning in natural resource management. This overview course introduces the core elements of scenario planning and exposes participants to a diversity of approaches and specific scenario development techniques that incorporate both qualitative and quantitative components. Participants will learn how scenario planning can be integrated into planning frameworks and be complementary with other decision support methods. This course provides participants with the skills needed to assess the appropriateness of scenario planning for their needs, and identify the resources and expertise needed to conduct a scenario planning exercise that will meet established objectives. The course was developed in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the U.S. Geological Survey.
Scenario planning graphic from the Scenario Planning Toward Climate Change Adaptation training course
Category
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Onsite, Instructor-Led
Difficulty scale
Intermediate
Module time (hr:min)
36:00
This manual describes a method developed by the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University for climate vulnerability mapping that can be applied to any geographic area. The manual was designed for a five-day training course for GIS analysts in the framework, data, and methods to develop a vulnerability map using the spatial index approach. The primary focus is on the methods needed to process and transform the raw spatial data in order to develop a spatial vulnerability index (and constituent indices for exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity) using a combination of ArcGIS and R statistical computing software. Developed with Tetra Tech ARD under the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research, and Economic Development (PREPARED) and the African and Latin American Resilience to Climate Change (ARCC) projects. Best used as a guide for training courses, though can be used by individuals to develop vulnerability maps.
Draft vulnerability map from the Guide
Category
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Advanced
In this two-part course, participants will learn how to create an eye-opening community learning tool in the form of easy-to-understand maps that depict community vulnerability. Course participants will become well versed in how to use NOAA’s online Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper tool, and how to best use local flood exposure maps when working with citizens and local officials.
Digital Coast training session
Category
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Type of Training
Online, Scheduled Lecture Series
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
2:00