Climate Academy (ALC 3193)
Natural resource managers are tasked with understanding climate change impacts and using this knowledge in making decisions. This 10-month online course is designed to cover the fundamentals of climate science, provide tools and resources for climate adaptation, increase climate literacy and communication, and provide guidance for maintaining literacy using shared online resources. The course will include one primary webinar lecture with discussion each month, reading assignments, online discussions, access to additional online resources, and an option to complete a final project or report. This course will complement other ongoing webinars and assist participants navigate and prioritize their use of existing online resources for understanding climate change. The course is designed to encourage networking among conservation professionals and increase collaboration on landscape-level climate change response planning. Participation in the 10 month course is available as either “registered for credit” or as a “drop-in” participant. Registered course participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) and can receive Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) offered through The Wildlife Society (TWS).
The course will be offered as webinar series with additional reading and resources posted on the online class webpage, Moodle. Course participants are expected to complete all 10-months in order to receive the minimum credit hours. All webinars will be recorded and posted online for those who cannot attend the live webinar. Each session will open with a 45-minute lecture via webinar by a leading scientist/manager in a specified topic. The lecture will be followed an additional 30-45 minute discussion via the conference line. Course participants are expected to also participate in an online discussion board to receive full credit. Course participants will also have the option to develop a final written report to present during the July 2013 session addressing climate change in their management of natural resources for additional credit.
This course is based on feedback from National Conservation Training Center’s (NCTC) instructor-led “Resource Management Implication for Global Climate Change” course, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Climate Change Certification program, and ongoing climate change webinars. The course is developed in partnership with staff from the USFWS’s NCTC, The Wildlife Society (TWS), the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), AFWA’s Management Assistance Team (MAT), the National Park Service (NPS), and the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG).
State and federal natural resource managers and conservation professionals
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
Explain the scientific basis of climate change
Understand biological impacts of climate change
Recognize decision frameworks for addressing uncertainty
Identify principles of adaptation planning and examples of adaptation action
Effectively communicate climate change impacts to peers and the public
Discuss policy implications of climate change impacts on natural resources
Engage with stakeholders and co-workers in planning for climate change
Last updated: April 23, 2013
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