Online Education

Science Applications

Science Applications

Here you will find online training courses to support the natural resources and conservation community in using and deploying tools and funded research products developed by Landscape Partnership in the Appalachian and North Atlantic Regions.

Self-paced tutorials and classes highlight the intended uses of decision-support tools and other products by giving a step-by-step demonstration of how to apply tools to specific natural resource issues. Once completing the course, users can work with Landscape Partnership’s staff directly to discuss how to incorporate these Landscape Partnerships products in their own work.

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Sample Courses

Riparian Restoration to Promote Climate Change Resilience

This user-friendly tool allows managers and decision-makers to rapidly identify and prioritize areas along the banks of rivers, streams, and lakes for restoration, making these ecosystems more resilient to disturbance and future changes in climate.

Energy Forecast Modeling

Models of wind, shale gas, and coal development for the entire study area have been created to predict potential future energy development and impacts to natural resources within the Appalachians. Models and data from all development projections populate a web-based mapping tool to help inform regional landscape planning decisions. 

Ecosystem Benefits and Risks

Course participants will learn how to access maps, data, and other information on the various Ecosystem Benefits and Risks within the Appalachian LCC. A tutorial will also provide how to work with data via Data Basin, where data can be viewed in an online map application or downloaded for use in other GIS software.

Riparian Restoration to Promote Climate Change Resilience

An innovative riparian planting and restoration decision support tool, funded by the Appalachian LCC, is now available to the conservation community. This user-friendly tool allows managers and decision-makers to rapidly identify and prioritize areas along the banks of rivers, streams, and lakes for restoration, making these ecosystems more resilient to disturbance and future changes in climate. It will also help the conservation community invest limited conservation dollars wisely, helping to deliver sustainable resources.

Energy Forecast Modeling

Models of wind, shale gas, and coal development for the entire study area have been created to predict potential future energy development and impacts to natural resources within the Appalachians. Models and data from all development projections populate a web-based mapping tool to help inform regional landscape planning decisions.

The energy forecast web-based mapping visualization tool of this energy assessment combines multiple layers of data on energy development trends and important natural resource and ecosystem services, to give a more comprehensive picture of what potential energy development could look like in the Appalachians. The tool shows where energy development is most likely to occur and indicates areas where such development may intersect with other significant values like intact forests, important streams, and vital ecological services such as drinking water supplies.

Ecosystem Risks and Benefits

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, users will be able to:

  • Participants will develop an understanding of Ecosystem Benefits and Risks within the Appalachian geography.
  • Users will be able to utilize information resources available on the Appalachian LCC portal as well as data in the Conservation Planning Atlas.
  • Users will be able to apply information from a case study to develop a strategy for utilizing the information resources as part of a decision management process to answer questions regarding priority resources with the organization’s area of responsibility.
  • Facilitate creative thinking to enhance the utilization of the information resources to answer questions for the strategic delivery of conservation activities.