Adaptation Training Brings On-the-Ground Results

The Takeaway: Course graduates say it helped them jump-start resilience initiatives and better discern which adaptation strategies can work locally. READ MORE

A recent survey showed that the “Adaptation Planning for Coastal Communities” course was one of most popular trainings offered by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, and several course graduates explain why:

  • Information gathered during a course mapping exercise, and given to the Oregon Coastal Program, identifies 90-plus community assets along shorelines in nine counties that could be impacted by climate change.
  • An Alaska research reserve staffer used her training to jump-start resilience and climate communication programs and establish an adaptation-themed art event.
  • A Florida agency staffer says it helped her “tremendously” in conducting local vulnerability and risk assessments, then evaluating the weaknesses and strengths of adaptation strategies.

This training is part of the Digital Coast Academy, from NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, which offers 17 instructor-led and online courses for people with a stake in coastal management decisions. A recent trainee survey showed that 96 percent agreed or strongly agreed with the statement, “I gained knowledge and skills that I will apply in my job.” (2017)

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