Training Community Leaders in the Virginia Eastern Shore Coastal Resilience Tool

Following the public release of the Virginia Eastern Shore Coastal Resilience online decision mapping tool in February 2016, two training workshops were hosted at the Eastern Shore Community College in Melfa, Virginia to introduce the tool to local planners and decision-makers.  The workshops were focused primarily on helping participants build skills to use the overall web mapper functions with special emphasis on the learning how to use the Flood & Sea Level Rise app and the Future Habitat app in planning contexts.  Forty members of the community were trained in how to use and apply the tool for adaptation and resilience issues over the course of the two workshops.  The next round of trainings will be offered in the fall of 2016 once additional apps are released.

See the Virginia Eastern Shore Coastal Resilience Tool Training website, or alternatively, download the
Virginia Eastern Shore Coastal Resilience Tool: Introductory Workshop and Training Manual.

manual-photo-624x805The partners involved in developing the training curriculum included The Nature Conservancy, the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission, the Brosnan Center, NASA-Wallops Flight Facility, LJT & Associates, Inc., and the University of Virginia.  The training workshops were made possible through funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resilience Fund.