Vulnerability Assessments & Taking Climate Actions

Alan Ellsworth
Primary contact: Alan Ellsworth
Where: Online
May 28, 2020June 18, 2020


NPS staff interested in assessing potential climate change effects on infrastructure, building capacity to conduct climate preparedness initiatives across facilities management, and developing informed management decisions are invited to this 2-part webinar series.

Session 1: Fundamentals of Climate Science and Implications of Climate Change on NPS Facilities 
Thursday, May 28, 2:00 – 4:30 EDT

Session 2: Conducting Vulnerability Assessments and Prioritizing and Taking Preparedness Actions
Thursday, June 18, 2:00 – 4:30 EDT

This training is presented in conjunction with the Association of Climate Change Officers.

Learning Objectives

Day 1

Fundamentals of Climate Science

Learners will be able to:

  • Explain the difference between weather, climate variability and climate change
  • Describe the impacts of climate change on economies and markets
  • Explain the implications of projected climate change scenarios and their corresponding uncertainty
  • Understand short- and long-term implications on critical infrastructure, services, operating budgets, and capital investment

Implications of Climate Change on NPS Facilities 

Learners will be able to:

  • Give examples of how climate hazards affect natural resources and historically significant cultural resources in the United States
  • Describe recent climate impacts to park facilities

Day 2

Conducting Vulnerability Assessments

Learners will be able to:

  • Describe the vulnerability assessment process
  • Explain the roles risk management and adaptive capacity play in vulnerability assessments
  • Access and use historical data on climate hazards and community indicators
  • Choose the climate hazard model and vulnerability assessment approach most appropriate for the target infrastructure

Prioritizing and Taking Preparedness Actions

Learners will be able to:

  • Use appropriate tools to analyze and quantify climate change impacts
  • Align decision-making based on climate hazard frequency
  • Establish sound expectations and make the mission/business case for actions
  • Communicate climate risks and adaptation responses

Estimated Completion Time

5 Hour/s


Target Audience:

Facility Managers and Cultural and Natural Resource Stewards with responsibility for park infrastructure management.

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