Virtual Southwest Climate Change 101 Course: Climate Change Adaptation Planning

Opportunity Type: Other

Course Description: This course is a collaboration between ITEP, the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium. This is a week-long virtual course, running for approximately 5 hours (breaks included) each day from November 16-20th.

This course introduces planning for climate change impacts, with examples of how tribes have approached the adaptation planning process. The course is intended for tribal environmental and natural resource professionals who expect to be involved in climate change adaptation planning. Since the course will focus on climate change impacts in the Southwest, we especially encourage tribal environmental staff from this region to attend. Others are welcome to attend but should realize that the content will focus on the Southwest.

Topics include: 

  • Overview of climate change and impacts in the Southwest
  • Process of developing climate change adaptation plans, from getting started, to impact and vulnerability assessments, to developing adaptation strategies
  • Tools, resources, and partnerships for adaptation planning
  •  This course employs a variety of instructional methods including presentations, tribal case studies, and small and large-group discussions and activities. Participants will complete a pre-course assignment prior to attending the course.