Washington's Climate Change Adaptation Courses

The Coastal Training Program is committed to addressing changing climate conditions and recognizes that climate change touches on all aspects of work in the coastal zone. Interest in classes related to climate change adaptation has expanded over the last decade due to increased awareness and concern for threats to our economy, resources, and communities.


While many Coastal Training Program courses offer important information to help understand and address the dynamics of shorelines in Washington, the Climate Change Adaptation Series is intended to support planners and coastal managers apply a climate lens to their work. When Climate Adaptation courses are offered through the Coastal Training Program, further information will be provided on the page for Scheduled Classes.


Previously Offered

Sea Level Rise Adaptation: Opportunities for Planning in Washington State

Helps planners and coastal managers determine the level of acceptable risk using sea level rise planning scenarios; incorporates exercises to communicate more effectively and build support for local action; and presents examples of various adaptation strategies to inspire creative measures for making communities more resilient.


Coastal Inundation Mapping

Taught by experts from NOAA, provides an introduction to coastal inundation and coastal inundation mapping methods using GIS.


Adaptation Planning for Coastal Communities

Provides a thorough grounding on climate adaptation, covering the following essentials: understanding climate science and impacts; determining community vulnerabilities; communicating effectively; identifying adaptation strategies; and finding mechanisms to implement those strategies.


How to Communicate About Sea Level Rise

Focuses on understanding Washington State sea level rise information; developing effective strategies for sea level rise communication; applying key concepts to individual communication challenges; and practicing and refining communication techniques through collaborative exercises.

Additional Resources

In addition to the courses offered by the Washington Coastal Training Program, there are number of climate adaptation resources available to planners and coastal managers. Please visit the Coastal Hazards Resilience Network Website for more information.  



Washington State Department of Ecology, Washington Sea Grant, UW Climate Impacts Group, The Nature Conservancy, NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. 


Sara Brostrom



Washington State Department of Ecology 


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