DOINews: Climate Boot Camp - Grooming the Next Generation of Climate Experts

Last edited 4/26/2016

The Department of the Interior (DOI) Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) has made the provision of education and training a key objective in the implementation of its 2012-2015 Strategic Plan. This priority is the driving force behind the Climate Boot Camp, a unique, annual week-long interdisciplinary training program organized, staffed and supported through the collaborative efforts of the NW CSC and university partners (Oregon State University, University of Idaho, and University of Washington).

Predicated on transferring the wisdom, knowledge and expertise of established experts, Climate Boot Camp provides participants with integrative training in climate impacts science, communication of science, and an improved understanding of the application of science to resource management decisions. The Climate Boot Camp brings together graduate students and early career scientists from other DOI Climate Science Centers, Northwest universities, federal agencies, tribes and non-governmental organizations. Climate Boot Camp “recruits” are connected with an instructor corps selected from the Northwest network of climate practitioners to learn about climate impacts science, science communication, and to grasp a better understanding of the tools and skills needed to apply science to resource management decision making. The one week course includes field trips, skill-building exercises, and presentations by leading climate scientists, communications experts and resource managers to give participants an all- encompassing view of the workings of climate impacts science.

The Climate Boot Camp was first offered in 2011. This year's session is being held Aug. 12–17, 2012, at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in Blue River, Oregon. The NW CSC is one of eight regional Climate Science Centers established by DOI and coordinates the expertise of federal and university scientists to provide scientific information and tools necessary to address federal, state, and tribal resource managers' priorities in response to climate change.