Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Training

July 31‐August 2, 2012

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Each Day



Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

6005 Bayou Heron Road

Moss Point, MS 39562‐8097


Sponsored by the Weeks Bay and Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserves and the Northern Gulf Coastal Program.


Course Description:

This course is based on January 2011 publication “Scanning the Conservation Horizon  – A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment” ( The guidance  document is a product of an expert workgroup on climate change vulnerability assessment convened by the  National Wildlife Federation in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey,  U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, National Park Service, National Oceanic and  Atmospheric Administration, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Department of Defense Legacy  Resource Management Program.


This course is designed to guide conservation and resource management  practitioners in two essential elements in the design of climate adaptation plans. Specifically, it will provide  guidance in identifying which species or habitats are likely to be most strongly affected by projected changes;  and understanding why these resources are likely to be vulnerable. Vulnerability Assessments are a critical  tool in undertaking any climate change planning or implementation.


Target Audience:

The target audience includes conservation practitioners from Federal and State fish and wildlife agencies and  other conservation managers who work on natural resource issues and need to determine which resources are  most vulnerable when setting priorities for conservation action.



Participants will understand how to design and interpret natural resource related climate management actions  to help build resiliency and adaption. Specifically, participants completing the course will be able to:


Understand vulnerability assessment in the broader context of adaptation planning and other relevant contexts,


Evaluate the different factors influencing vulnerability and how they can affect the outcome of vulnerability assessments,


Identify and evaluate the approaches for conducting a vulnerability assessment and choose among the options


Design a vulnerability assessment applicable to their needs.


Evaluate and interpret the results of vulnerability assessments and recognize next steps,


Communicate the purposes, methods, and results of vulnerability assessments to others,


Develop (elements of) a vulnerability assessment workplan/statement of work, including level of effort.


How to register:

This workshop is free and registration will be open until June 29th. Fill out the PDF 

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Course Registration Form (click here to download) and email it to Danielle LaRock: For questions about registration and the workshop content contact Danielle LaRock: or (304)-876-7476