PROFESSIONAL

Development

The ClimateSense Training & Professional Development Program is designed to provide a series of short climate-related training opportunities for local adaptation practitioners. Courses will allow practitioners to develop valuable skills in an interactive learning environment. Training opportunities will be available for both beginner and advanced practitioners. 

Anticipated practitioners include engineers, architects, land-use planners, healthcare providers, emergency management officials, conservationists/naturalists, watershed groups, builders, property developers, and academia. 

Please note: ClimateSense Reduced Pricing is available to Prince Edward Island residents only.

Protecting PEI Homes from Flood & Erosion

Self-Directed Online Course

Available NOW

Course Fee: FREE

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This free, 5-hour online training program prepares community leaders, civil servants, and industry professionals to have well-informed conversations with PEI residents about how to assess their flood and erosion risks and to how to access user-friendly websites, fact sheets, risk assessments, and how-to video resources they can use to make well-informed decisions about protecting their homes. 

Topics include: Working together to build a climate-resilient future, managing flood and erosion risks, flood insurance, flood and erosion impacts on homes, assessing risks, cost-effective actions to protect homes from rainfall and sewer backup flooding, protecting homes from flooding in high-risk zones, protecting homes from erosion, helping PEI residents to protect their homes, participants will receive a certificate of completion and a comprehensive list of resource links to share with tenants and property owners.

Who should take this course: community leaders and civil servants, planners, real estate professionals, home inspectors, insurance representatives, home construction, renovation and restoration professionals, developers and hardware store employees.

Climate Change & Infrastructure Risk Assessment:
The PIEVC Protocol

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - Wednesday, November 3, 2021*

11AM - 1PM EDT

Course Fee: $200.00 (includes IRP Credentials)

$125.00 (Professional Development only)

*Five consecutive Wednesdays.

 

This online course will provide infrastructure professionals with information about and practice with the PIEVC Protocol. The Protocol is a practical tool and process that systematically assesses the risks of extreme weather and future climate on public infrastructure. 

This courses is designed to fulfill one of the knowledge requirements of the Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Credentialling Program. It can also be taken as a stand-alone course for professional development credits.

Intro to Climate Policy for Climate

Adaptation Professionals (online)

Dates, Times, & Fees Coming Soon

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This four-week, fully online asynchronous course will inform participants about climate adaptation policy in Canada and BC. It will allow them to consider how climate policy from international to local levels informs their professional functions and day to day activities on the job. The course will cover, among other things, the basics of environmental policy, differences between climate mitigation and climate adaptation policy, overviews of key policy actors and tools, and policy gaps. It will also consider, in detail, examples of current policy-driven climate adaptation measures in specific areas from engineering to agriculture to hydrology and beyond.

Climate Modelling & Forest Adaptation (online)

Times, Dates, & Fees Coming Soon

Climate change is a major threat to the capacity of forest ecosystems to provide ecological, economic and social services. This online course will introduce various climatic and ecological modeling tools, and guide the students to practical applications of scale-free climate models and niche-based ecological models in forest and ecological (such as birds, fish and animals) resource management to increase the resilience and viability of forest ecosystems. By the end of the course, students will master skills and techniques to: 1) use climatic models to generate spatial climate data; 2) understand niche-based ecological models; and 3) interpret and apply model output to forest management practice.

Intended Audience: The course is designed for forest professionals who are interested in professional forestry and forest adaptation to climate change. This course has no prerequisites, but a basic knowledge of ecology is needed to take full advantage of the material that is provided. Some basic knowledge of R programming will make the modeling part easier but not compulsory as we assume students with no experience in using R.

Introduction to Geographic Information System Mapping (GIS)

Dates, Times, & Fees Available Soon

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This two-day workshop will provide participants with the fundamental knowledge and technical skills to integrate spatial concepts, techniques, and technologies to enhance existing work. The workshop will be delivered in a classroom setting consisting of lecture material, discussion, and hands-on software exercises. Climate change related data sets will form the basis for the hands on learning components.