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Climate-201: Identifying Climate Hazards & Conducting Vulnerability Assessments

Recommended Exam Prep Course (Climate Science & Vulnerability Assessment)

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


  • Gina Blus – Principal, Climate Ready Solutions
  • David Herring – Director, Climate Program Office, NOAA
  • Daniel Kreeger – Executive Director, ACCO

Registration Information

  • Registration Fee: $100 ($80 through ACCO partner organizations)
  • Complimentary for ACCO members (login to ACCO member portal for discount to be applied automatically)