Course participants will receive an introduction to available community-relevant information sources and tools, climate data sets, and a template to help assess an organization's (or region's) climate risks and current resilience. Attendees will learn how to define climate-related hazards, recognize differential impacts of those hazards, identify existing and future risks, fully understand their current vulnerabilities and strengths, identify and utilize stakeholder partnerships to inform the decision making process, and evaluate the most critical vulnerabilities for their organization.

Learning Objectives

  • Clarifying relevant terminology
  • Understanding the importance of doing cross-sector, cross-discipline and whole community analysis
  • Understanding the basics of risk analysis framework and risk management approaches (i.e. defining criticality, prioritizing vulnerabilities), and incorporating climate change into risk analysis activities, strategies and portfolios
  • Learning how historical data on climate hazards and community indicators are accessed and used (including socioeconomic and health data)
  • Evaluating gaps in data and vulnerability knowledge
  • Learning about vulnerability assessments and natural catastrophe modeling, and the resources necessary to undertake vulnerability assessment work
  • Grasping timeframes and frequency of different climate hazards, aligning these with decision making processes, and effectively communicating about these issues

Course Architects

  • Alison Adams – Chief Technical Officer, Science and Technology Division, Tampa Bay Water
  • Kathleen Ave – Renewable Energy & Climate Project Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • Christine Baglin – Principal, Project Performance Corporation
  • Dan Basoli – Associate, Environment & Natural Resources Division, Abt Associates
  • Keely Brooks – Climate Change Analyst, Southern Nevada Water Authority
  • Kelly Burks-Copes – Ecologist, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Alan Cohn – Director of Climate and Water Quality, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • Nancy Gassman – Assistant Public Works Director, Sustainability Division, City of Fort Lauderdale
  • Juliette Hayes – Acting Hazard Mitigation Assistance Branch Chief, FEMA Region IX
  • Mark Sutherland – Former Senior Analyst, Marstel-Day
  • Susanne Torriente – Chief Resiliency Manager, City of Miami Beach

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Screen Shots from the Climate-201 Online Course