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Directed: Climate Change Training

Summary:  Reclamation is teaming with federal agencies to advance practitioner understanding on state-of-the-art methods for incorporating climate change into water resources planniing.

Contact:  Chuck Hennig, CHennig@usbr.gov, 303-445-2134

Fiscal Years 2011- present

Development Question: 

  • How can Reclamation work with other agencies to leverage limited resources and develop a curricula designed to train tomorrow’s practitioners on how to conduct climate change impacts and risk assessments for various water and environmental resources?

We will help coordinate activities to develop training programs and materials.

Need and Benefit: 

This question is being explored through Reclamation’s involvement with the Climate Change and Water Working Group (CCAWWG), and in collaboration with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) National Conservation Training Center (NCTC). Objectives include

  1. Develop and conduct classroom pilots featuring curricula designed to train practitioners on mature methods in any of the following:  obtaining climate change information (Area 2), defining future cliamte scenarios for planning (Area 3), assessing natural systems response (Area 4), assessing social systems response (Area 5), assessing managed systems response (Area 6) and communicating results and uncertainties to decision-makers (Areas 7 and 8)

  2. Provide an authoritative, effective university-based venue for the research community to translate new climate change knowledge and capabilities into practical applications with the water resources community of practice

  3. Provide an effective forum for the exchange of information on new needs, knowledge, and capabilities as they emerge

Partners:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), UCAR, and USFWS NCTC
Keywords:  climate change, training, water resources, knowledge sharing