The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), in collaboration with the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub, and several university partners, now offers online climate adaptation training course using the Adaptation Workbook. The Adaptation Planning and Practices (APP) training is a proven in-person NIACS course that has helped natural resource managers throughout the eastern United States prepare for and adapt to climate change. Now the same program is available as a seven-week online course using this online tool!
Through this course, participants will be able to:
- Identify climate change impacts that pose the greatest challenges and opportunities for their project area or ecosystem
- Describe whether and how management may need to be adjusted in light of climate change
- Develop specific actions to help ecosystems adapt to changing conditions, and connect action plans with broader climate adaptation concepts and strategies
- Use the Adaptation Workbook to create their own “climate-informed” project plan
- Better communicate with stakeholders on key climate change vulnerabilities relevant to their region
- Access support from NIACS during project planning and implementation
Online APP Course FAQ
How does it work?
The seven-week course draws on a combination of regular webinars and discussions with all participants, as well as independent work time. During the course, participants will develop (individually or in small groups) their own climate-informed adaptation project plan or proposal.
Those interested in enrolling should be able to commit to seven 1.5-hour web meetings. These live course sessions bring together all course participants for a combination of webinar presentations to cover key concepts, and group discussion to share insights and questions related to projects. Participants are expected to attend all sessions.
In addition to the live sessions, outside assignments will guide participants through the new material and corresponding sections of the Adaptation Workbook, actively engaging them with supplementary videos, links to additional resources, and opportunities for reflection and commentary. Participants are assigned Adaptation Workbook steps to complete in the intervening days between live sessions; these assignments are generally expected to take 2-4 hours to complete.
Who should participate?
This training is designed for any natural resources professionals working in forests and associated ecosystems, including foresters, natural resource managers, and consultants working on public, tribal, and private lands. Professionals providing Extension, service forestry, or technical assistance to foresters and woodland owners are also encouraged to participate. The course is designed to be effective for motivated individuals as well as small groups (max 4-5 recommended), which allows for greater discussion and generating ideas.
Examples of Adaptation Demonstration Projects that have used the Adaptation Workbook are online at www.forestadaptation.org/demos.
How much time is required?
There are seven live course sessions of approximately 90 minutes each. In addition, Adaptation Workbook steps are assigned as homework for the intervening days between live sessions, and are generally expected to take 2-4 hours each. Expect to commit between 25 and 30 hours for the entire course.
What does it cost?
Are there restrictions or requirements?
A phone line and a computer/device connected to the internet (with a web browser installed) are the only required equipment. We find that everyone gets more out of the course when all participants are working on projects in a similar region or ecosystem type, and therefore NIACS limits online APP course enrollment by region (and sometimes topic) check out this page for updates on future courses. Enrollment is capped at 10-15 projects (whether individual or group projects) per course. If you are interested in a course that is already full, or would like to see one held for your region / focus area, contact us. If you or your agency would be interested in co-hosting a APP course or similar training (online or in-person) for natural resource professionals in your region / focus area, we invite you to contact us as well.
Who are the instructors?
Each online APP course, like the in-person APP trainings, is led by a team of instructors with expertise in the course’s focus region. This team is comprised of NIACS climate change specialists, who are experienced in facilitating adaptation practices through the Climate Change Response Framework, along with key collaborators and experts.
Have more questions? Contact us here to learn more about the course and whether it’s right for you.
When are courses offered?
We host multiple trainings each year that focus on a particular region, or topic. Find a list of upcoming online and in-person events on the Climate Change Response Framework website, or contact us to request a training.
How can I learn more about this training approach?
Download the publication, "Beyond Planning Tools: Experiential Learning in Climate Adaptation Planning and Practices" to find detailed descriptions of the planning tools developed by the NIACS Climate Change Response Framework and a case study describing this approach (download here, free access).