Since 2012, CCAWWG agencies have been working with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research COMET Program and NOAA-RISA Western Water Assessment to develop climate change training resources.
Development of these resources 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) . Two COMET Professional Development Series are being developed and pilot-delivered, as described below.
(2015-present) Professional Development Series for general Water Resource audiences: Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Water, Environmental, and Land Resources Management
This project builds on the technical series described below and is aimed at less-technical audiences who play integral roles in helping their water organizations implement climate change adaptation. These audiences include staff responsible for implementation and developing policy, including project managers, resource specialists, and public affairs, as well as more senior program and staff managers. This series is being developed to meet the needs of several general audience communities playing a role in water management, including long-term planning and environmental compliance, environmental adaptive management, infrastructure asset management, dam safety, and reservoir operations. The series will feature a mix of course delivery formats, including online, self-paced, instructor-free web-courses and instructor-led residence or remote (virtual) courses. Initial course releases are planned for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016.
(2012-present) Professional Development Series for Technical Water Resource Professionals: "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.
The series is tailored for water resource practitioners, 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 of PCUs or Professional Competency Units features courses with the common goal of orienting students on how to scope, review, conduct and document climate change impacts for the following resource areas:
Courses and supporting materials completed to date include:
Hydrologic Impacts Under Climate Change (HIUCC) (PCU 1) : (3-day,
online (real-time), instructor-led course) Provides students with hands-on instruction and experience simulating watershed (surface water) hydrologic impacts under climate change. The next offering is scheduled for October 20-22, 2015. See here for information.
Courses and supporting materials in development include: