Planning for the Future: Best Practices for Using Climate Projections in Adaptation Planning

Planning for the Future: Best Practices for Using Climate Projections in Adaptation Planning

Organizer: 
Derek Rosendahl
South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center
Time Slot: 
Working Groups and Trainings 2
Session Type: 
Training
Abstract: 

Effective climate adaptation planning often requires the use of model-based future climate projections to make well-founded management decisions. But many practitioners struggle with balancing the large number of climate projections available, the choice of the most useful information for a particular application, and the need to have a scientifically robust set. This training will walk through the process of selecting and interpreting climate projections. It will help decision makers from any sector gain a better understanding of how climate projections can be used to inform future management decisions. The target audience will be practitioners having limited to no experience working with climate projections.

The training structure and content has been developed and improved based on feedback from practitioners over the past two years. Our team will provide a brief overview that highlights the strengths and limitations of climate projections and then conduct a hands-on activity in small breakout groups using a real-world management challenge as an example. Climate scientists will answer questions about the climate projections and offer advice as they facilitate the small groups. Throughout the activity, attendees will be encouraged to share insights from their experiences and ask questions related to any challenges they currently face. Attendees will leave the training feeling more confident in their understanding of climate projections and the resources available to help them include these in future planning efforts.

Co-organizers:

Emma Kuster, South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center
Renee McPherson, South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center
Adrienne Wootten, South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center