Northwest Climate Science Center Climate Bootcamp 2015
The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) is a Department of the Interior (DOI) initiative, sponsored by the USGS and jointly hosted by Oregon State University, the University of Idaho, and the University of Washington. One objective of the NW CSC is to support and train graduate students and early career professionals to work at the interface of scientific research on climate and resource management decision-making. Our annual Climate Boot Camp (CBC), now in its fifth year, is our primary educational offering to meet this objective.
Graduate students and early career professionals who attend the CBC include our NW CSC graduate assistants, graduate students from other CSCs in the DOI national network, and early career professionals working in northwest Tribes, NGOs, and state and federal resource management agencies. We refer to these competitively selected participants as CBC Fellows.
Prepare grad students and early-career professionals for successful careers by providing knowledge and abilities in science education, science communications, knowledge integration and the science-policy interface, all in a climate change and adaptation context, through a concentrated session of formal and non-formal education, skill development, and interaction with practicing professionals.
We are using a framework that ties learning objectives to essential questions that students will grapple with throughout the week. This framework allows for integration across the CBC instructional themes.
- How do we integrate different ways of knowing and knowledge production into research and management practices?
- What are major indicators of climate change in terrestrial and coastal environments?
- How can we best communicate our research and work for diverse audiences?
- How can we build relationship with each other to foster collaboration and adaptive management?