Training

Digital Coast Academy offers a wide range of learning resources.

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Adaptation Planning for Coastal Communities

Provides a thorough introduction to adaptation planning, including practical skills, in-class exercises, and local speakers and discussions (2-day course)

Building Risk Communication Skills

Increases understanding of risk response and helps participants connect with diverse audiences to motivate action to reduce risk (1-day course)

Coastal Inundation Mapping

Provides information about coastal flooding data and products with instruction on mapping various inundation extents using a GIS (2-day course)

Facilitation Basics for Coastal Managers

Provides instruction on tools for planning and conducting meetings that efficiently achieve objectives and minimize conflict (1-day course)

OpenNSPECT

Covers the technical aspects of OpenNSPECT, a GIS-based tool used to examine land cover and estimate runoff, nonpoint source pollution, and erosion (3-hour webinar)

Using Flood Exposure Maps

Provides tips and lessons learned about using flood exposure maps to engage stakeholders (45-minute webinar)

CanVis

Provides a basic introduction to this easy-to-use visualization software that is often used in project planning, policy making, and communication efforts

Coastal Inundation Toolkit

Conveys the basic information communities need to understand and address coastal inundation issues

Coastal Planning Advisor

Provides process guidance for teams addressing any of 12 common coastal management challenges

Deriving Shorelines from Lidar

Demonstrates how to use NOAA’s vertical datum tool to convert lidar data to a tidal datum and use ArcGIS to extract a shoreline contour

Georeferencing a Map or T-sheet

Steps the user through the process of georeferencing a map or T-sheet in ArcGIS by using an interactive simulation

Green Infrastructure Mapping Guide

Provides detailed guidance for GIS analysts looking to incorporate flood-reducing conservation strategies into community planning efforts

Habitat Priority Planner

Provides the knowledge and skills required to use the Habitat Priority Planner ArcGIS extension to enhance conservation, restoration, and planning processes

How to Calculate Coastal Flood Frequency

Offers step-by-step guidance on how to calculate flood frequency for customized local scenarios, similar to the maps provided in the Sea Level Rise Viewer

Introduction to Lidar

Introduces basic concepts of lidar and demonstrates how high-accuracy lidar-derived elevation data are used to support natural resource and emergency management in the coastal zone

Naturally Resilient Communities

Provides nature-based solutions and a collection of case studies to help communities address flooding and erosion hazards

Needs Assessment Guide

Provides instruction and guidance for people conducting a needs assessment

Understanding Enforceable Policies

Provides guiding checkpoints and interactive practice for determining whether state statutes or regulations would be approved as legally enforceable policies

Community Resilience Planning on a Budget

See how a regional planner joined forces with a state geologist to increase municipal resilience through partnerships, persistence, and local know-how

Marshes on the Move

Provides a basic understanding of parameters, uncertainties, and appropriate uses of model results depicting potential future impacts of sea level rise on coastal wetlands and communities

Preparing to Write Your Strategic Plan

Provides tools to gather the information needed to assess the direction and priorities of an organization, and outline the foundational components of a strategic plan

Regional Accuracy Assessment Reports

Describe the accuracy of NOAA’s 2010-2011 Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) land cover updates and the methods used to assess that accuracy

Risk Communication Basics

Outlines how stakeholders respond to risk, why those responses occur, and how community leaders can inspire risk-wise behavior through improved communication

Understanding Risk Behavior

Covers the complexity of behavior in the face of risk and offers best practices for effective risk communication

Using Photorealistic Visualizations

Focuses primarily on using photorealistic visualizations to convey coastal effects and introduces key concepts surrounding them

Writing Your Strategic Plan

Companion workbook that provides the framework to build organizational commitment and guide the development of the strategic plan

CanVis Cheat Sheet

Provides a visual and functional description of each tool available on the CanVis software toolbar

Community Goals Scorecard

Offers an easy-to-follow format to determine how well existing development policies and regulations support a community’s economic, environmental, and social goals

Defining Coastal Counties

Provides definitions of coastal shoreline counties and coastal watershed counties

Defining the Problem

Offers a tool to help identify complex social aspects of resource management issues

ENOW Counties List

Provides a list of the 400 coastal counties included in the Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW) data set

Evaluation Report Checklist

Provides a management tool to monitor the progress of evaluation report contributors and delegate and coordinate tasks

Facilitation Techniques

Provides a list of key techniques facilitators use to lead successful meeting discussions

Meeting Evaluation Template

Provides a worksheet to use when gathering evaluation feedback from meeting participants

Process Agenda Template

Provides guidance for facilitators and meeting leaders on creating a productive meeting agenda

Socioeconomic Data Summary

Provides concise descriptions and facts for the U.S. coastal economy, ocean economy, and coastal population and their appropriate uses

Stakeholder Analysis Worksheet

Provides a simple process for identifying stakeholders to involve in a community-wide decision-making process

Writing SMART Objectives

Provides guidance on how to create clearly defined objectives for any project or program

Econ 120: Ecosystem Services

Examines the economic principles involved when evaluating ecosystem services (3-minute video)

Econ 120: Externalities

Explains how decisions that make good economic sense may create unexpected consequences (2-minute video)

Econ 120: Indicators

Explains the factors, such as jobs and wages, that have to be measured and evaluated to understand economic health (3-minute video)

Econ 120: Ocean Economy

Explains the ocean and Great Lakes economy in everyday terms and shows how this portion of the economy is related to the national economy (2-minute video)

Econ 120: Value

Understand how economists value the tangible and nontangible components of the coast (3-minute video)

Monitoring the U.S. Ocean and Great Lakes Economy

Focuses on the U.S. coastal economy and related international efforts, and ways in which economic data can be used to improve coastal and ocean management (57-minute webinar)

Ocean Dimensions

Describes the complexity of ocean use planning and how MarineCadastre.gov helps officials evaluate sites for their offshore projects (1-minute video)

Tidal Flooding

Explains the threats that come with shallow coastal flooding and shows how communities can best prepare (5-minute video)

Tools for Resilience

Highlights two tools communities can use to assess and reduce coastal flooding vulnerability (3-minute video)

What is Storm Surge?

Provides information about storm surge and its impacts (1-minute video)

What’s New in MarineCadastre.gov

Demonstrates new features of MarineCadastre.gov and how the website’s components are being used by ocean professionals and re-served to other data portals, saving time and resources (33-minute webi...