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Course, lodging, food, and per diem are covered. Transportation not included.

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) will be offering its Climate Change Adaptation Planning course on October 1-3, 2013, in Reno, NV. The course provides an introduction to planning for climate change impacts, highlighting the work of several tribes. The course is intended for tribal environmental and natural resource professionals who expect to be involved in climate change adaptation planning. Since the course will focus on climate change impacts in the Great Basin, we especially encourage people from that area to attend.

This course employs a variety of instructional methods such as presentations including tribal case studies, large- and small-group discussions, activities, and a 1⁄2-day field trip. Participants will complete a pre-course assignment prior to attending.

Please see the course description, attendee expectations, travel and cancellation policy, application form, and release form, and review all of the information carefully.

If you are interested in applying for this course, please fill out the application form and release form and fax them to our office. Space is limited, so please be sure to get your application in as soon as possible. ITEP will be paying lodging costs and reimbursing per diem for up to 20 tribal participants. All participants are responsible for their own transportation costs (airfare, taxis, shuttle service, mileage, etc.).

Applications received by August 6, 2013, will have priority consideration.

The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, Rainforest Alliance, and the World Wildlife Fund are pleased to announce the release of three new, self-paced and web-based courses on climate change and REDD+ on www.conservationtraining.org.

The curriculum, Introductory Curriculum on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Conserving and Enhancing Forest Carbon Stocks (REDD+), provides an introductory level of understanding on climate change, deforestation, forest degradation, and REDD+. This new version contains up-to-date information on policy and implementation as well as a cool new facelift and improved interactivity. It is divided into three courses:

Course 1, Introduction to Climate Change and the Role of Forests, the focus is on background information on climate change, the drivers of deforestation, and strategies for reducing deforestation and forest degradation.

Course 2, REDD+ Policy, we cover the essential aspects of the technical, political, financial, social, and environmental issues related to REDD+.

Course 3, REDD+ Implementation, the focus is on the basics of implementing REDD+ activities at various scales.

The course is freely available to anyone who is interested.

Basically, methods to conserve forests. www.conservationtraining.org

For example:

  • History of the Space Shuttle
  • Hubble Telescope Discoveries
  • Webb Telescope (Webb will replace Hubble)
  • Dressing for Altitude: U.S. Aviation Pressure Suits
  • Ikhana: Unmanned Aircraft System (basically, the history of a drone named Ikhana)
  • Earth as Art looks particularly promising.

There’s also NASA magazine and an app. Who knew? 

Asker Anonymous Asks:
I saw the HarvardX free course you posted and i was wondering if you are familiar with any other free courses like this on the subject of ecology. I am studying biology currently so background knowledge wouldnt be a problem. Thanks in advance.
climateadaptation climateadaptation Said:

Thanks. Maybe check Open Culture. It lists about 1,000 free courses. There’s also Youtube/Education, where universities post free lectures.

Update: KnowledgeAndLove points to Academic Earth.

What is Resilience? is a nifty, free, 20page, visual ebook overview defining resilience. It’s free, and published by the researchers at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. (Free ebook is free.)

Resilience is the capacity of a system, be it an individual, a forest, a city or an economy, to deal with change and continue to develop. It is about the capacity to use shocks and disturbances like a financial crisis or climate change to spur renewal and innovative thinking.

This publication presents the major strands within resilience thinking and social-ecological research. It describes the profound imprint we humans have had on nature and ideas on how to deal with the resulting challenges.

The publication is based on three scientific articles that were prepared for the 3rd Nobel Laureate Symposium on global sustainability, which took place in Stockholm in May 2011. The articles were later published in the scientific journal Ambio. They represent a mix of necessary actions and exciting planetary opportunities. They also illustrate how we can use the growing insights into the many challenges we are facing by starting to work with the processes of the biosphere instead of against them.

Chapter One describes in detail the complex interdependencies between people and ecosystems. It highlights the fact that there are virtually no ecosystems that are not shaped by people and no people without the need for ecosystems and the services they provide. Too many of us seem to have disconnected ourselves from Nature. A shift in thinking will create exciting opportunities for us to continue to develop and thrive for generations to come.

Chapter Two takes us through the tremendous acceleration of human enterprise, especially since World War II. This acceleration is pushing the Earth dangerously close to its boundaries, to the extent that abrupt environmental change cannot be excluded. Furthermore, it has led scientists to argue that the current geological period should be labelled the ‘Antropocene’ – the Age of Man.

Chapter Three highlights the fascinating paradox that the innovative capacity that has put us in the current environmental predicament can also be used to push us out of it. It introduces the term social-ecological innovation, which essentially strives to find innovative ways to reconnect with the biosphere and stay within planetary boundaries.

Enjoy! :)

Beautiful, free ebook. Really amazing work. It takes a minute to load. A must for environmentalists.

canisfamiliaris:

The 100 Most Threatened Species

The 100 most critically-endangered species, according to a new report from the Zoological Society of London and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, have been published in web-based e-book entitled “Priceless or Worthless.”

The list of species — all with photos, and many in a 2-page spread — begins on page 22 of the e-book, which also includes a list of species that we know have already become extinct.

Wednesday April 4 - 3:30pm
"Northeast Climate Science Center Colloquium presents,
Frank R. Thompson III, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, Columbia MO
For a direct link to the webinar, click on the title above.
For detailed webinar instructions, visit:  http://www.cns.umass.edu/neclimate/webinar
Our goal is to predict the potential consequences of interactions among forest management, succession and natural disturbance, and climate change on Midwestern central hardwood landscapes and wildlife. We are working with partners that include the USDA Forest Service Eastern Region, the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, the Gulf Plains and Ozarks LCC, the USGS Northeast Climate Science Center, and the University of Missouri. We are making predictions for scenarios that are defined by alternative forest management actions, natural disturbance regimes, and alternative climate models. We first predict changes in tree species establishment under alternative climates on Midwestern sites with the LINKAGES ecosystem model. We then use the landscape model LANDIS to incorporate tree species establishment as a function of climate with succession, natural disturbance, and land management. The resulting predicted landscape trajectories serve as the basis for assessing the vulnerabilities of species, ecosystems, or other resources to climate change.”
A bit heavy, but worth checking out.

Jan 10:Inspiring Innovation by Capitalizing Creativity

Jan 10: Prediction Uncertainty, Bright Lines, and the Search for Useful Indicator Benchmarks for Ecosystem Management

Jan 10: Remote Sensing Data as Drivers for Streamflow Prediction Models for the Upper Midwest

Jan 12: Reef Fish Surveys at the Speed of Sound! Acoustic-Derived Metrics for Reef Fishery and Ecosystem Management

Jan 12: The Need for Evaluation Database for Volcanic Ash Dispersion Model Result

Jan 12: Climatology, Variability and Change in Arctic Surface-Based Inversions

Jan 12: The Importantance of Wind Shielding at the NOAA/FAA/NCAR Winter Precipitation Testbed

Jan 12: Characterization of the Spatial Variability of Land Surface Temperature around NOAA CRN Sites Using Airborne and Satellite Measurements

Jan 17: Ocean Acidification Monitoring and Research at NOAA: An Integrated Approach

Jan 17: How Do Catch Shares Affect Marine Resources? Insights From A Global Comparative Analysis

Jan 18: Making Plain Language Clear

Jan 18: Ensemble-Based Variational Assimilation Method to Incorporate Microwave Imager Data into a Cloud-Resolving Model

Jan 19: 92nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting Dress Rehearsal: STAR AMS Presenters Preview their Planned Talks

Jan 25: How Can we Deal with Data Gaps for Integrated Ecosystem Assessments?

Jan 25: Regulating Carbon Emissions from Ships

Jan 26: NODC Data and Services and it’s new Geoportal Server

Jan 31: An Updated Precipitation Frequency Analysis For The State of Alaska

FREE ONLINE INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE CONFERENCE THIS WEEK! Free research papers, webinars, chats, videos, and discussion forums.

Check it out: Climate 2011

Community Resilience, Part II: Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Case Studies

October 5, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (eastern)
Presenter: Adam Whelchel, The Nature Conservancy

Many coastal communities are looking for ways to apply ecosystem-based management approaches for community resilience. This presentation will highlight the four-step process of The Nature Conservancy’s Coastal Resilience project, which includes awareness, risk, choice, and action. This approach focuses on the need to tailor options to fit the varying needs and pace of different communities. The case studies that will be presented focus on communities that have moved beyond the awareness phase in the process to assessing vulnerability and developing options for future action.

In this webinar, participants will learn about

  • The four steps of The Nature Conservancy’s Coastal Resilience approach
  • Ecosystem-based management approaches that communities are choosing to implement when addressing coastal resilience issues
  • Challenges that other communities have faced when adapting to coastal risk
  • Flexible options that can be built into adaptation plans

Register HERE