Week 2: June 26 - 30

Week 2 focuses on resilient resource management and there are no leadership or integrated activities as compared to week 1. Credit or non-credit participation is an option, and participants will be in this track M-F (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.).

Resilient & Robust Resource Management

John Matthews talking about Resilient & Robust Resource Management Play

Taught by NRLA Instructor John Matthews, this new track will look at climate adaptation from an interdisciplinary perspective. Watch the video above and read this story to learn what you will explore in this track.

Instructor: John Matthews

How do we sustain natural resources given a dynamic climate and an uncertain future? 

The serious practice of climate adaptation is little more than a decade old, with many elements that are controversial and rapidly evolving. The science of climate impacts, in most cases, does not provide effective guidance about how to define sustainable resource management.

Using a set of global examples and cases, we will approach climate adaptation from several perspectives:

  • How the eco-hydrological landscape responds to climate shifts
  • How built and managed aspects of the landscape, such as infrastructure, interact with climate change
  • How a variety of institutions engage with non-stationary management
  • How governance frameworks and management agreements encompass dynamic institutional and hydrological relationships.

Climate adaptation is inherently interdisciplinary, and we will draw from scientific, engineering, economic and finance, and governance and legal viewpoints about topics such as assessing vulnerability, defining performance indicators and developing adaptation plans.

This track is co-presented with valuable contributions from:

Read more to learn what you will explore in this track.

View a sample syllabus for this course.

(WRP 599 / 3 credits)

This track may be an ideal fit for someone interested in resource management within the fields of business, agriculture, climate change, engineering, environmental politics, GIS, natural resource policy/management, public health/policy and sustainability, to name a few. If you are considering this track for credit, please speak with your advisor(s) for more details about how this track fits into your academic plan in support of your graduate degree, certificate or Ph.D. program.