Coastal Climate Change

Coastal Climate Change
  1. Learners will be able to provide examples of oceanic and lacustrine evidence of climate change when communicating with stakeholders, community members, and peers.
  2. Learners will be able to provide examples of projected impacts from climate change to coastal environments.
  3. Learners will be able to list scientifically sound resources of coastal climate information, including key publications, documents, trusted experts, expert agencies, and websites, including the Sea Grant coastal climate wiki.
  4. Coastal extension agents will be able to list areas of current climate research.
  5. Learners will be able to describe effective community responses to coastal impacts associated with climate change, including sea level rise.
  6. Learners will become adept at assessing projected coastal climate impacts for their unique regions.
  7. Learners will gain experience in working with scientists to translate complex climate graphics.
  8. The learner will be able to explain how climate models make climate forecasts, how downscaling is performed, and how regional modeling differs from global models.
  9. The learner will be able to suggest basic strategies for how to respond to each of the following coastal impacts of climate change:
    • How to deal with habitats trapped by coastal development
    • How to sustain coastal ecosystems
    • How to encourage sustainable seafood stocks
    • How to create hazard-resilient coasts
    • How to ensure sustainable coastal development
    • How to work with elected officials and government on climate change issues
  10. The Learner will be able to list at least 5 strategies for effectively communicating climate science. This could include:
    • How to appropriately frame a message
    • How to address uncertainty
    • How to tap into group identity
    • How to develop a clear, concise message
    • How to make the science accessible