Climate Community of Practice - Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant
The Climate Community of Practice is a group of professionals who aim to incorporate adaptation strategies into Gulf Coast communities’ comprehensive plans, with a goal of establishing a long-term community of climate adaptation practice in the Gulf region. The group was formed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Gulf of Mexico Regional Collaboration Team and the four Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Programs - bringing together extension, outreach and education professionals and community officials in the Gulf to learn how coastal communities can adapt to climate-related impacts. Working together, the community can be better equipped with reliable information and science-based guidance regarding the level of risk to their communities and strategies they can use to adapt to climate change.
The program provides public access to:
• reliable science information that is rigorously reviewed by top scientists.
• extension, outreach and education programs designed to deliver the key research to those who can use it in decision-making roles
• trainers who can come to a community or group and deliver science information.
The Community keeps an ongoing dialogue on StormSmart Connect, which is a professional networking site. This tool is provides an avenue to work together to develop effective adaptation strategies towards coastal hazards.
Organizations involved with the Climate Outreach Community of Practice are flagged on a map on the website, with links to more information about each program and organization.
The 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 build the Climate Community of Practice. The grant is one of eight climate engagement mini-grants awarded throughout the U.S. to support preparation for climate change.