Climate change impacts in Alaska are much more pronounced than in other regions of the United States. Outside of the high-arctic, the impacts of recent climate change have been better documented on the Kenai Peninsula than elsewhere in Alaska; however, none of these efforts have resulted in tangible recommendations or a long-term strategy for adaptation when faced with uncertainty about forecasted futures as a result of rapid climate change. A barrier to effective community response and adaptation to climate stressors is that synthesis and integration of existing regional data has not occurred. To address these issues, the Coastal Training Program aims to enhance regional capacity of coastal communities on the Kenai Peninsula to adapt and prepare for a changing climate through climate scenario planning.
View the adaptation planning tools developed from this project:
- Adaptation Planning Workshop Series Tool Overview
- Scenario Development
- Game of Futures
- Strategy Development
Climate Adaptation for Coastal Communities (CACC) training (March 2016):
Partnered with NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (OCM) CACC training. This training laid the ground-work for the workshops the scenario planning workshop by introducing local stakeholders to climate science, vulnerability assessments, climate adaptation planning, and climate communications. (Click here for the Workshop Agenda.)
Summary of Climate Science at KBNERR.
Summary of Climate Adaptation Measures identified at March 2016 Training.
Summary of Climate Adaptation Priorities at KBNERR.
Scenario Planning and Pathways to Successful Adaptation workshop (October 2016):
Workshop participants took the next steps in thinking about Homer’s, and the surrounding areas’ and communities’ efforts to prepare for, adapt to, and work together towards a climate-resilient future. In this workshop participants: (1) Identified a desirable future for Homer and surrounding areas, considering diverse community goals, climate change, and other opportunities and stressors; (2) Developed feasible, climate-resilient pathways from the present state to the desired future state; and (3) Linked the work accomplished during the workshop (on a vision of a desirable future and adaptive pathways) to their daily work, planning efforts and decisions. (Click here for Workshop Agenda and Proceedings)
Summary of Climate Scenario Planning at KBNERR.
Successful Adaptation Part II: Strategies, Pathways and Evaluation workshop (April 2017):
In this final workshop in the series, participants (1) used climate scenarios to identify relevant planning “triggers” and potential adaptation strategies; (2) Began to identify metrics and indicators that can help to determine if they are making progress towards our vision; and (3) Increased their understanding of climate scenario planning, triggers, adaptation and resilience planning, and indicators and metrics. (Click here for Workshop Agenda and Proceedings)
Summary ofClimate Scenario Narratives at KBNERR.
Coming Soon! – Summary of Climate Adaptation Strategies, Indicators and Metrics for Kenai Peninsula.