Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment - ALC3184

This course is based on the January 2011 publication “Scanning the Conservation Horizon: A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment” (http://www.nwf.org/vulnerabilityguide). The Guidance is a product of an expert working group on climate change vulnerability assessment convened by the National Wildlife Federation in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  This course is designed to guide conservation and resource management practitioners in two essential elements in the design of climate adaptation plans. Specifically, it will 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.

Online Self-paced Learning

Objectives

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

  • Understand vulnerability assessment in the broader context of adaptation planning and other relevant contexts,
  • Evaluate the different factors influencing vulnerability and how they can affect the outcome of vulnerability assessments,
  • Identify and evaluate the approaches for conducting a vulnerability assessment and choose among the 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 workplan/statement of work, including level of effort.

Pre-course Work

  1. Read “Scanning the Conservation Horizon: A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment".
  2. View Katherine Hayhoe's webinar on Downscaling Modeling. (65 minutes)

Course Videos and Handouts

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Naomi Edelson, NWF
Introduction
Video Length: 6 min
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Patty Glick, NWF
Overview of Vulnerability
Assessment

Video Length: 9 min
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Patty Glick, NWF
Foundational Concepts and
overview of key steps

Video Length: 16 min
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John O'Leary, Div of Fisheries
& Wildlife
Using Vulnerability Assessment
Results to Inform Agency
Decisions

Video Length: 31 min
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Kyle Barrett , University of Georgia
Assessing Sensitivity
Video Length: 10 min
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Patty Glick, NWF
Assessing Exposure
Video Length: 19 min
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Bruce Young, NatureServ
Adaptive Capacity
Video Length: 17 min
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Kyle Barrett , University of Georgia
Species Distribution Models
Video Length: 15 min
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Hector Galbraith
Vulnerability Indices – Habitat
Video Length: 18 min
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Bruce Young, NatureServ
Vulnerability Indices – Species
Video Length: 18 min
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Hector Galbraith, Mamomet Center
for Conservation Sciences
Expert Elicitation
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Jennie Hoffman, EcoAdapt
Tools for Assessing Uncertainty
Video Length: 22 minutes
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Hector Galbraith, Mamomet Center
for Conservation Sciences
Scale
Video Length: 19 min
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Bruce Young, NatureServ
Determining Objectives and Scope
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Jennie Hoffman, EcoAdapt
Selecting Tools and Data
Video Length: 18 min.
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Hector Galbraith, Mamomet Center
for Conservation Sciences
Interpreting and Applying
Assessment Results

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