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Climate Tools Training for Louisiana Native American tribes held at LSU

IMG_5218On May 1st and 2nd Drs. Kristine DeLong and Micha Rahder, along with Ph.D. Student Jacob Warner and the South Central Climate Science Center’s tribal liaison April Taylor, led a climate data and tools training course for Native American tribes in Louisiana. Representatives for the Isle de Jean Charles, Coushatta, and United Houma Nation attended, as well as representatives from Mercy Family Center, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute, and the Division of Administration’s Office of Community Development. This event was the last of a two-year program funded by the South Central Climate Science Center, which included climate science trainings in Louisiana and New Mexico. The training consisted mostly of hands-on activities with various online climate data sources and tools, culminating in the production of short climate vulnerability assessments for their locations to help guide tribal climate change planning. Presentations in support of the training were given by Kyle Brehe, Southern Regional Climate Center regional climatologist; Dr. Barry Keim, Louisiana State Climatologist; and from the Department of Geography and Anthropology Ph.D. candidate Ashley Allen and recent Master’s graduate Coryn Collins.