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.

This module provides an introduction to the Local Climate Analysis Tool (LCAT), its purpose, main functions, and navigation options. LCAT allows climate variability and change analysis of local variables such as temperature, precipitation, degree days, drought, and others.
Screenshot of the LCAT: An Introduction course landing page
Category
Climate Products
Type of Training
Tool Tutorial
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:17
This module reviews the source data of climate variability indices, such as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), the North Atlantic Oscillation, and others.
Screenshot of the LCAT: Climate Variability Data course landing page
Category
Climate Products
Type of Training
Tool Tutorial
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:10
This module reviews the sources for the Local Climate Analysis Tool (LCAT) regional climate data, and discusses their quality and format—including forecast regions and climate divisions.
Screenshot of the LCAT: Regional Data course landing page
Category
Climate Products
Type of Training
Tool Tutorial
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:14
This module reviews the sources for the Local Climate Analysis Tool (LCAT) station climate data, and discusses their quality and format.
Screenshot of the LCAT: Station Data course landing page
Category
Climate Products
Type of Training
Tool Tutorial
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:16
This module contains five activities designed for students in grades 5 to 8 to help them understand sea level using real data. Teachers can use any of the five modules developed to explore dynamic Earth processes and understand the impact of environmental events on a regional or global scale.
Promo image for the course NOAA Data in the Classroom (NODE)—Sea Level Module
Category
Climate 101
Climate Products
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
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
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 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.
Promo image for the course Preparing Hydro-Climate Inputs for Climate Change in Water Resource Planning
Category
Climate Change
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
4:00
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 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
The module presents statistical evidence that demonstrates the impact that climate variability has on weather, explains predictability on time scales from weeks to month and seasons in the future, and the probabilistic nature of climate variability impact on daily weather predictions.
Promo image for the course Should Synopticians Worry About Climate?
Category
Climate Variability
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Advanced
Module time (hr:min)
0:50
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
This webcast provides an introduction to drought, including the measures and scales of drought and how drought is monitored. It also covers how drought is predicted, the impacts of drought, and provides information about drought-related resources. This content serves as a foundation to learning more about climate variability and operational climate services, and teaches how to use the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS).
Promo image for the course Understanding Drought
Category
Climate 101
Climate Variability
Climate Products
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
1:15
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

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