The Climate Adaptation Sciences specialization prepares trainees for research-based careers that will integrate science, management, and policy to understand and adapt to a changing climate.
The Climate Adaptation Science program closely integrates research, instruction, work-place experience, and collaborations among scientists, federal, state, and local land and resource managers, policy-makers, trainees, and citizen stakeholders. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary research and includes training in informatics, modeling, communication, leadership, project management, risk assessment, decision-making under uncertainty, and interdisciplinary teamwork.
Trainees acquire primary disciplinary expertise in their departmental major degree fields. All trainees acquire facility in working on problems that span, and in teams that include, the full range of climate-adaptation-related disciplines.
Trainees complete a 9-credit specialization that includes two experiential elements. The required courses are two Interdisciplinary Research Colloquia (1 credit each) and the two-semester Studio course (5 credits), accompanied by 1 credit of short course electives. Trainees complete an internship (1 credit) with a government, industry, or NGO partner that precedes the year-long research studio with the opportunity for a second internship the following summer. Each trainee also designs and completes an Individual Communication Plan, with a Capstone project. Details are given in the Program Timeline.
Please note, all Utah State University graduate students in participating programs are eligible for the program.
- Collaboration across Disciplinary and Workplace Boundaries
- Teamwork, as a Leader or Follower
- Project Management
- Risk Assessment and Decision-making
- Communication with Scientist and Non-scientist Audiences
- Reproducible Science
- Comprehensive Thinking about socio-environmental issues