Course on Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments

  • 6 March 2012
Course on Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments
Three training courses in Colorado, Arizona, and West Virginia are scheduled for spring 2012. The courses are designed to guide conservation and resource management practitioners through the essential elements in the design of climate adaptation plans. Previous sessions were held at the National Conservation Training Center, as well as Alaska, Florida, and Washington.
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Full ALC3184 Course Schedule:

November 14-17, 2011
Anchorage, Alaska

January 10-12, 2012
St. Petersburg, Florida

January 24-26, 2012
Eatonville, Washington

March 20-22, 2012
Fort Collins, Colorado

April 10-12, 2012
Phoenix, Arizona

June 19-21, 2012
Shepherdstown, West Virginia

The courses, based on the January 2011 publication Scanning the Conservation Horizon - A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment by the National Wildlife Federation, provide guidance in identifying which species or habitats are likely to be most strongly affected by projected changes; and understanding why these resources are likely to be vulnerable. Vulnerability Assessments are a critical tool in undertaking any climate change planning or implementation.

The target audience includes conservation practitioners from Federal and State fish and wildlife agencies and other conservation managers who work on natural resource issues and need to determine which resources are most vulnerable when setting priorities for conservation action.

Participants will understand how to design and interpret natural resource related climate management actions to help build resiliency and adaption. Specifically, participants completing the course will be able to:

  • Understand vulnerability assessment in the broader context of adaptation planning,
  • Evaluate the different factors influencing vulnerability and how they can affect the outcome of vulnerability assessments,
  • Identify and evaluate approaches for conducting vulnerability assessments and choose among options
  • Design a vulnerability assessment applicable to their needs,
  • Evaluate and interpret the results of vulnerability assessments and recognize next steps,
  • Communicate the purposes, methods, and results of vulnerability assessments to others,
  • Develop (elements of) a vulnerability assessment work plan/statement of work, including level of effort.

How to register: Registration is open to all applicants through the FWS's National Conservation Training Center. Please check https://gm2.geolearning.com/geonext/doi/login.geo for details as space availability and fees vary. The posted number of open seats is not accurate; we add students manually from the wait list. If requesting a new DOI Learn account, in the Add Reason box, type "CCVA" and the course location.

Background The climate change vulnerability assessment guide is a product of an expert workgroup on climate change vulnerability assessment convened by the National Wildlife Federation in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, National Park Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management Program. Several NOAA offices provided support for the trainings.

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