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
Individuals in health, public health, and emergency management leadership roles are faced with many challenges when their organizations are activated in response to a disaster. Although mechanisms and processes are in place to support these responses, the abrupt change in focus from normal operations to disaster response operations and the intensity of these devastating events increase the level of urgency and stress for the entire organization. This free, interactive, and effective online course helps leaders at any level understand and address their staff’s stress risks and reactions and create a resilient workplace. The training is based on the principles of Psychological First Aid, which is an evidence-informed approach for assisting children, adolescents, adults, families, and responders in the aftermath of a disaster or emergency event. Organizations that work in emergency or disaster-related areas—such as public health, emergency response, hospitals and other healthcare organizations, or even voluntary organizations that are active in disasters—will find this course useful. Supervisors and leaders will gain skills that will help build a resilient workforce, which will in turn lead to less staff turnover, fewer work conflicts, increased productivity and effectiveness in service to the mission, and overall enhanced workforce development.
Slide from the Building Workforce Resilience training
Category
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Intermediate
Module time (hr:min)
1:30
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 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 workshop process—developed through The Nature Conservancy's Coastal Resilience network (coastalresilience.org)—fosters collaboration with and among community stakeholders to advance education, planning, and ultimately implementation of priority resilience actions. The freely downloadable Workshop Guide provides instructions on how to lead your community towards resilience, illustrating the essentials of the process as well as “before” and “after” workshop steps to help ensure that immediate goals, outcomes, and strategic direction are realized within your community. Also available from the website are workshop support materials, including a risk matrix, invitation language, community survey questions, and suggestions for participant affiliations.
Screen capture from the CRBW website
Category
Communication
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
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
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
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
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
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.
Screen capture from the course slide deck
Category
Climate Change
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Intermediate
Module time (hr:min)
0:45