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
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
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.
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Category
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Communication
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Onsite, Instructor-Led
Difficulty scale
Intermediate
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
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
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 two-day instructor-led course is designed to increase participants’ ability to plan and facilitate a meeting (or a series of meetings) that minimize conflict and enhance problem solving. Collaboration is often cited as a good way to address coastal resource management issues, but the collaborative process is complicated, requiring a systematic approach. This course provides the skills and tools to design and implement collaborative approaches. The skills will be useful even when attending, but not running, a collaborative meeting.
Promo image for the course Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings
Category
Communication
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
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