Welcome to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment .
The Appalachian region is rich in biodiversity that is highly threatened by energy production, development, and a host of other factors. Large-scale impacts such as climate change will play out within this context, affecting habitats and species in different ways. Understanding the vulnerability of various species and habitats within the Appalachian LCC to such changes is of critical importance. Identifying the steps needed to acquire vulnerability information and then using this information to inform adaptation and mitigation strategies is a major research priority of the LCC.
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This course will explain the science behind the development of the information resources, demonstrate to users how to access the data, provide examples of how this information can be used to make management decisions, and guide users through an interactive exercise using the data in a case study activity.
This course consists of an introduction and six additional modules.
Participants should complete the modules in sequential order. If, after reviewing the prerequisites for a module, a participant feels that they already have an understanding of the information, they can proceed to the next module. For example, if you already are familiar with the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment project but have not yet explored the information resources, you can skip to Module 2.
In Modules 2-4, the focus is to provide an understanding of how to use the information resources and to answer questions related to conservation management. Participants will not perform additional analysis; rather they will focus on the thought process behind the analysis.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Develop an understanding of the potential impacts of climate change on select species within the Appalachian geography.
- Utilize information resources available on the Appalachian LCC portal.
- Apply information from a case study to develop a strategy for utilizing the information resources as part of a decision management process to answer questions regarding priority resources with the organization’s area of responsibility.
- Facilitate creative thinking to enhance the utilization of the information resources to answer questions for the strategic delivery of conservation activities.
Participants will complete readings, view instructional videos, complete a case study exercise and review quiz at the end of the course, and provide feedback regarding the course.
You will need to use Adobe Reader to view course materials and the ability to stream videos with sound. To complete the Technical Level Case Study exercise you will need to use ArcGIS.