Climate Community of Practice
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program awarded a $25,000 grant to the NOAA Gulf of Mexico Regional Collaboration Team and the four Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant programs to bring together extension, outreach and education professionals in the Gulf of Mexico to learn more about how coastal communities can adapt to sea-level rise and other regional climate-related issues. This spring, the professionals will interact with leading climate scientists, experts in risk communication and local community planners at a workshop in Florida to learn about reliable science and effective ways to help decision-makers plan for the effects of climate change.
The goal of the effort is to establish a long-term community of practice among extension, outreach and education professionals in the Gulf region that will ensure continued dialogue and information exchange on sea-level rise and other climate-change and coastal-hazard-related issues.
The potential economic, social, and ecological impacts of sea level rise around the Gulf of Mexico are tremendous, according to Buck Sutter, the NOAA Gulf of Mexico Regional Collaboration Team lead and deputy regional administrator of the Southeast Region of the National Marine Fisheries Service. He said extension, outreach and education professionals are finding that coastal communities want reliable information and science-based guidance regarding both the level of risk to their coastal communities and strategies they can utilize to effectively adapt to climate change.
The grant is one of eight climate engagement mini-grants awarded throughout the United States to support preparation for climate change. The project will be led by Sutter and the four Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant college programs.
Climate Community of Practice Workshop