About Oregon State University
Oregon State is a leading public research university in the northwest United States, located in Corvallis, Oregon. Founded in 1868, Oregon State is the state’s Land Grant university and is the only university in the U.S. to have Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant designations.
As Oregon’s leading public research university, with $308.9 million in external funding in the 2015 fiscal year, Oregon State’s impact reaches across the state and beyond. It offers more than 200 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs and has the largest total enrollment in Oregon.
With 11 colleges, 15 Agricultural Experiment Stations, 35 county Extension offices, the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport and OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon State has a presence in every one of Oregon’s 36 counties, with a statewide economic footprint of $2.232 billion.
What is the NRLA
Oregon State University's Natural Resources Leadership Academy (NRLA) brings together professionals and graduate students from across the world to establish connections, enhance leadership skills and learn from experts on timely, relevant topics in today's changing world.
With a reputation for teaching and research excellence in various natural resources disciplines, internationally renowned faculty lead participants through a variety of topics covering areas of conflict management, communication, sustainable natural resources and leadership.
The NRLA is a one-stop-shop for participants to enhance their leadership skills through hands-on experience in engaging coursework and field trips, preparing them to solve complicated natural resources issues. Participants receive continuing education credits for their profession or receive graduate credits in an accelerated one-week format.
Learn more about OSU's Natural Resources Leadership Academy at http://summer.oregonstate.edu/nrla/about/.
AGWA Course Offered
WRP599 - Climate-Resilient Resource Management
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.
Each day will include working through a series of case studies. Using a set of global examples as well as US issues 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 impacts
• How ecosystems have special problems and opportunities with sustainability and resilience
• 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 course will draw from an international set of expertise. Throughout the course, students will hear from daily guest lecturers (via video conferencing or in person) representing each of the course’s major topics. Speakers will be determined as the course approaches. Past speakers have included engineers from the US Army Corps, economists with the World Bank, and community adaptation specialists from Nepal.
Registration opens on 15 April, 2018.
Dates of Course
This course will run from 25-29 June. Class meets daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with breaks throughout. More detailed information on the full OSU Summer Session schedule can be found at http://summer.oregonstate.edu/courses/credit/.
This course is offered through Oregon State University's main campus in Corvallis, Oregon, USA.
How to Register
Those interested in the summer session course (either for credit or non-credit) must register online. For details on important deadlines, pricing, and registration please visit http://summer.oregonstate.edu/new-visiting/register/.
Questions about the registration process should be directed to OSU Summer Session staff through an online form.
About the Instructor
Dr. John H. Matthews is the Coordinator and co-founder for the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), which is chaired by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and the World Bank. An aquatic ecologist by training, his work integrates technical and policy knowledge to support resilient resource management, climate - robust infrastructure operations, and economic development. Matthews has published widely for technical, practitioner, and general audiences, including recent articles in Science and Nature Climate Change and reports for the World Bank and UN agencies.
The Knowledge Platform is designed to promote and showcase an emerging set of approaches to water resources management that address climate change and other uncertainties -- increasing the use of "bottom-up approaches" through building capacity towards implementation, informing relevant parties, engaging in discussion, and creating new networks. This is an ongoing project of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) funded by the World Bank Group.