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Title:Applied Climate Change: Gaining Practical Skills for Climate Change


Dates: October 20 to October 31, 2014


Climate change is a global threat to human health, biodiversity and

economies. Managers of government agencies, organizations and industries are

being faced with the need to develop predictive models, strategies and

mitigation measures. As the tools in this field adapt along with the

scenarios, updated training in this area is critical. In this course,

consultants, climatologists, engineers, and biologists from industry,

conservation organizations and universities combine to provide a current

in-depth look at the theory, tools and their application to real-world

scenarios in a hands-on intensive training experience. As part of the

course, each participant will complete, and carry away, a climate change

impacts and adaptation study for their own region of geographic interest

that will include: how the climate has changed in the past; how the climate

is projected to change in the future; how these changes have/will impact the

region; and how best to adapt to these anticipated impacts. The team taught

course is led by Dr. Adam Fenech, Director of the Climate Research Unit at

the University of Prince Edward Island.


This Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation course is taught as an

intensive 2-week fulltime residential session. The course is held at the

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s 3,200 acre facility in Front

Royal, VA, USA and will be based at a brand-new sustainably-built Academic

Center opened in October 2012. The course fee is $3478, which includes

instruction and course materials as well as all meals, lodging (shared

room), and transport to/from Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD).

A reduced course fee is available for those applying from “less-developed”

countries. Some seats remain but you must apply now! Find additional

details, including application instructions here:

http://smconservation.gmu.edu or contact SCBItraining@si.edu for more



Additional Upcoming Courses:

•Watershed Conservation: Riparian Restoration (September 29 - October 3,

2014)- must apply now!

•Essentials of Open Source GIS (November 17-21, 2014)—new course!

•AniMove: Animal Movement Analysis for Conservation (April 13-24, 2015)

•Estimating Animal Abundance and Occupancy (April 27-May 8, 2015)

•Conservation Breeding Centers for Wildlife Sustainability (June 1-5, 2015)

- new course!

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