Developing Climate Change Training Capacity
CCAWWG agencies are working with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research COMET Program and NOAA-RISA Western Water Assessment to develop a new COMET Professional Development Series, “Assessing Natural Systems Impacts under Climate Change.” This series is designed to provide technical training to water resources professionals on how to incorporate climate change science and uncertainties into a variety of natural resource impacts assessments, including those related to surface water hydrology, crop irrigation requirements, water temperature, river and reservoir sedimentation, water quality, and land cover.
Development of this professional development series was motivated, in part, by the National Action Plan: Priorities for Managing Freshwater Resources in a Changing Climate (2011), Recommendation 6 (Support Training and Outreach to Educate Water Resource Managers and Build Capacity), Action 21 (Establish a core training program on climate change science).
The series is tailored for water resource practioners, planners, water resource engineers, technical specialists and others that need to conduct technical studies for assessing the impacts of climate change on water and water-related natural resources. The series features courses with the common goal of orienting students on how to scope, review, conduct and document climate change impacts for the given resource areas. Collaborators are currently focused on:
Pilot Course Development and Offerings
Pilot course offerings are being collaboratively developed by instructional designers at COMET and subject matter experts from CCAWWG agencies, NOAA RISAs, and other partner organizations. During development, several modes of course delivery are considered before a selection is made (online self-paced, remote instructor-led, and residence). Following pilot delivery of the courses, feedback from participating students is evaluated to identify effective course delivery and to inform requirements for a sustainable business model supporting future delivery and maintenance of the course.
Delivered and planned course pilots include:
Business Model Development
As of early 2014, COMET is in the midst of evaluating business model considerations and options that may support sustained delivery of courses in the future. More content will provided here once it is available.
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Page last updated on April 1, 2014