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Climate Adaptation for Coastal Communities

  • Tuesday, December 01, 2015
  • 9:00 AM (PST)
  • Thursday, December 03, 2015
  • 4:30 PM (PST)
  • Mt. Vernon (Padilla Bay Reserve)
  • 0


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In Spring of 2014, the Coastal Training Program hosted a training on planning for sea level rise in Washington. Participants of this one-day event requested additional in-depth training on a range of climate adaptation issues. In response, the CTP (in partnership with WA Coastal Program, UW Climate Impacts Group, WA Sea Grant, and NOAA) developed a suite of trainings and packaged them in a “Climate Adaptation Series.” (Note: It's not necessary for you to have taken the previous class in the series.)

This three-day course is the second of this Series and will help you:
  • Recognize the changes and variability in climate and climate’s influence on coastal communities;
  • Identify opportunities to leverage a range of governance mechanisms to integrate adaptation strategies into their existing efforts;
  • Examine methods for conducting hazard, vulnerability, and risk assessment as it relates to climate change;
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of adaptation strategies;
  • Apply climate communication research concepts and findings to enable effective communication with target audiences.
Opportunities for local collaboration and next steps for adaptation planning and implementation are emphasized through discussion, participant activities, and incorporation of local speakers and examples.

The course is designed for, but not limited to, program administrators, land use planners, public works staff members, floodplain managers, hazard mitigation planners, emergency managers, community groups, members of civic organizations, and coastal resource managers. While the course is beneficial for individuals, we strongly encourage multiple members of your agency to attend. This will allow your group to work through challenging issues together to explore co-benefits of adaptation strategies.
Note: This class includes inland shorelines, as well. (18 CM AICP Credits/CEP Points)

Lunch is provided.

Incentives for group participation! For every two people attending from your agency, a third person may attend for free. To take advantage of this incentive, please send a message to Cathy Angell, with the following information:

1) Names of all three attendees

2) A brief explanation of how you would work together on this issue.

Please do not register the third person - CTP Staff will add them to the roster and waive their fee.

Instructors:  John Rozum is a land use and geospatial training specialist for the Baldwin Group at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office for Coastal Management. John is extensively involved in numerous climate change–related trainings and projects, with a primary focus on the integration of geospatial tools and analysis into climate adaptation planning activities. He also has considerable experience helping communities integrate green infrastructure practices into their plans and regulations.  John is a certified land use planner with over 15 years’ experience working at the local level as a consultant, a planning commissioner and a university educator.  In 2013, he co-authored a publication entitled, Tools for Coastal Climate Adaptation Planning that is freely available at: As of 2015, over 4,000 copies of the guide have been distributed worldwide.

Gwen Shaughnessy brings a background in marine biology and non-traditional education to NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (OCM), where she joined in February of 2011. In her current role as the Climate Adaptation Specialist in the OCM Engagement, Training, and Education Program, Ms. Shaughnessy is the national coordinator and lead trainer for a multi-day climate adaptation training course. Prior to joining NOAA, Ms. Shaughnessy worked with the Maryland Chesapeake & Coastal Program, where she helped staff the Adaptation and Response Working Group for the Maryland Commission on Climate Change and contributed to the State’s Climate Action Plan. Her responsibilities also included development of the CoastSmart Communities Initiative, a program designed to improve community resilience in the face of coastal hazards and climate change. Building capacity in local communities to better understand the risks, strategies, and choices for how to adapt to the impacts of a changing climate is a focus of Ms. Shaughnessy’s work.

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