Training and Technical Assistance

The NOAA Coastal Services Center offers process, geospatial, and issue training that enables coastal managers to make informed decisions on the use of land and water resources and to make coastal communities resilient to climate change.

Climate Adaptation for Coastal Communities
Provides participants practical skills and information on coastal climate adaptation planning processes through a combination of presentations, facilitated discussions and group exercises

Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk
This three-hour training introduces the “Road Map” assessment methodology, which is designed to help communities characterize their exposure to current and future hazard and climate threats and assess how existing planning and policy efforts may integrate this information to address community issues.

Coastal Community Planning and Development
This two-day course teaches participants about planning processes, current coastal development patterns and trends, and alternatives to conventional patterns of growth and development, many of which can be utilized for adaptation to and mitigation of climate change impacts.

Planning for Climate Change 
Materials for this customizable one-day workshop can be modified to teach local and state planners about basic climate science, climate change impacts that can be expected in their area, and ways to engage stakeholders on climate issues.

Coastal Inundation Mapping
This two-day course teaches participants about coastal inundation issues and spatial techniques for mapping inundation, including sea level rise.

GIS Tools for Strategic Conservation Planning
This four-day course teaches students how to apply geographic information system (GIS) tools, methodologies, and analyses to strategic conservation planning using a “green infrastructure” approach.