2016 Workshop

CCoP Member Workshop: Building Adaptive Capacity in the Southeast & Caribbean through a Climate Community of Practice

April 13-15, 2016 

Tybee Island, GA

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The 3rd CCoP in-person meeting was held on Tybee Island, GA in April of 2016.

View the final report here!

Below you will find the agenda with presentations attached for your reference.


Wednesday, April 13

12:30 – 1:00        Registration

 1:00 – 1:40           Welcome and Introductions

  • Amanda Brennan, Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments (CISA)
  • Paul Wolff, Tybee representative

 1:40 – 2:00           Overview of the Southeast and Caribbean Climate Community of Practice

Learn about the formation of the SEC CCoP, its goals and objectives, and ongoing work to foster a climate adaptation network in the region. 

2:00 – 3:00           Climate Change: Communicating the Science

This session will begin with a very brief overview of the latest climate science information in the region. Then we will hear from two extension communicators who will demonstrate communication strategies for sharing information about climate and related impacts. The audience will have an opportunity to share their experiences and to provide feedback for what works well, and what doesn’t, when talking about climate in their communities.

 3:15 – 4:45           Assessing Vulnerability – What does it really mean?

In this session, representatives from local communities will discuss work they’ve conducted to assess climate-related risks and vulnerabilities to include information such as who conducted the assessment, funding mechanisms to support the work, partnerships that were beneficial to the process, and next steps for using the information to increase climate resilience.

4:45 – 5:00           Day 1 Wrap-Up

5:30 – 7:30           Networking Reception

Hotel Tybee Garden Room



Thursday, April 14

8:00 – 8:30           Coffee and Breakfast

 8:30 – 10:00        Case studies from local communities: Responding to extreme events in both the short and long-term

                                In this session speakers will discuss how extreme events can be used as a catalyst for rebuilding resiliently. Hear examples about drought impacts in Puerto Rico, hurricanes and heat-related illness in North Carolina, and the October 2015 flood event in the City of Charleston. Presentations will be followed by small group discussions to share personal experiences and key lessons learned.

 10:20 – 12:00      Tools Café

Developers will give brief introductions to the different tools in the café, followed by a round-robin session where attendees have an opportunity to circulate to different tool demonstration tables to ask questions and learn more.

 12:00 – 1:00        Lunch (provided)

 1:00 – 2:00           Making the Climate Community of Practice Work for You

This session is intended to provide an opportunity for members of the CoP to share ideas and consider ways to support an active and engaged network across the region. An introductory speaker will share lessons learned from another, similar network followed by facilitated, small group discussions.

2:00 – 4:30           Climate Adaptation Exploration

Take a tour of beautiful Tybee Island and check out climate adaptation strategies in action.

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Workshop participants braved a very windy afternoon to take a tour of Tybee Island’s adaptation work.

Friday, April 15

8:30 – 9:00           Coffee and Breakfast

9:00 – 11:00        Using the Community Rating System to Support Climate Adaptation

A brief overview of the Community Rating System (CRS) will be followed by a presentation on specific CRS activities which can be implemented to support climate adaptation. Representatives from communities in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina will discuss how they have worked with extension agents to support this work. There will also be time at the end of the session for workshop attendees to discuss opportunities to use similar strategies in their own communities.

11:15 – 11:45      Community Resilience Keynote Speaker – Mayor Billy Keyserling

City of Beaufort, SC Mayor Billy Keyserling is supporting the efforts of a citizen-led sea level rise task force to identify the most vulnerable areas in the community and recommend potential adaptation strategies to address current and future impacts of storm surge and sea level rise. He notes that his goal is to be “shovel ready and at the front of the line” when funding opportunities become available. Don’t miss this engaging speaker as he shares his vision for a resilient coast.


Mayor Keyserling speaks to workshop participants on the need to take action to ensure our children and grandchildren will have the same beautiful places we enjoy today.

 11:45 – 12:00      Wrap-up and Evaluation



If you attended the workshop, please take a moment to complete the workshop evaluation, to help us plan future events for the SECC CoP:



The workshop was approved for 10 hours of continuing education credits for Certified Floodplain Managers through the Association of State Floodplain Managers.


Funding for the CCoP workshop provided by NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program.

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