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Education & Training

The NC CSC Science Agenda 2012-2017 highlights our commitment to Capacity Building by facilitating communication within and between two main groups: climate science practitioners and climate science users through Education & Training

The NC CSC education and training activites include three main components:

  1. Coordinate and support climate-related courses offered by the National Conservation Training Center.
  2. Provide training for the use of tools and resources developed by the NC CSC and its funded projects.
  3. Support the university partners in their student education activities.

We are working closely with the National Conservation Training Center to provide regional offerings of their climate-related courses and interacting with them as they develop new courses aimed at natural resource managers as well as researchers. Members of the NC CSC staff have participated as instructors for the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment course, and the NC CSC partnered with NCTC to offer this course in the Greater Yellowstone Area in April 2014, with plans for other regional offerings over time. This course uses Glick and others (2011) as its primary text. The course is designed to guide conservation and resource management practitioners in two essential elements in the design of climate adaptation plans: (1) guidance in identifying which species or systems are likely to be most strongly affected by projected climate change and (2) understanding of why these resources are likely to be vulnerable, including the interaction between climate shifts and existing stressors. In the coming years, we anticipate a cohort of DOI and other land managers who will be familiar with the Glick and others (2011) document and its associated framework, and we are developing ReVAMP to support that process.  Additional NCTC courses which the NC CSC is helping to coordinate include "climate smarts" and "scenario planning". 

As the NC CSC develops tools and resources, we will work to provide training opportunities to help bring these tools to the wider community. The Software for Assisted Habitat Modeling is one such tool and the NC CSC, in partnership with the USGS Fort Collins Science Center, offers training on the use of SAHM twice a year.  The NC CSC has also supported training for the ST-SIM spatially-explicit simulation modeling software that is being used by the center.

The third fundamental component of our Education & Training work includes partnering with the universities in their student activities.  We have worked with undergraduate and graduate students through co-teaching, providing guest lectures, and class projects for courses at Colorado State University.  We are partnering with the AmericaView program, which is embedded in state universities, on phenology cameras that will be managed by AmericaView advisors with analysis conducted by them and their students.   Our work with Tribal Colleges on Phenology Observations further expands our audience beyond that of traditional resource managers and researchers. We recognize that many agencies and organizations are developing climate education tools and we will honor our Science Agenda's Guiding Principle #1 to not reinvent the wheel by exploring existing options and working with developers of new options as much as possible.   In particular, the UCAR CoMET web page provides a wealth of climate-related educational materials. 

Details and notes...

On #1:
  • NCTC Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment, Shepardstown, WV, Aug 27-29, 2013. J. Morisette instructor in Training, B. Miller student.
  • NCTC Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment, Jackon, WY,  April 22-23, 2014. J. Morisette instructor, B. Miller instructor in Training, S. McNeeley student, J. Lackett student, NC CSC covered all related expenses for course, travel support for 3 tribal participants and several NC-CSC-funded investigators, and helped in selected regionally relevant class projects.
  • NCTC Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment, La Crosse, WI, Sept 28 - Oct 3, 2014. J. Morisette instructor, B. Miller instructor, NC CSC covering travel expenses for LCC selected participants.
On #2:
  • SAHM Training offered every six months at the the USGS Fort Collins Science Center.  NC CSC supports two of the three instructors for the course.  Next offering is Sept. 9-10, 2014.
ON #3:
  • Ojima and Morisette conducted a seminar series: Managing our Natural Resources for Changing Climate, fall 2012.
  • Morisette assisted with the UAz Instit. for Tribal Env. Professional, Climate Change Adaptation Planning May 12, 2014, Anacortes, WA.
  • NC CSC staff are teaching university courses.
  • NC CSC staff are serving on graduate committees.