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Coastal Community Planning and Development

This two-day course, targeted at planners, elected officials, developers, business leaders, and other local decision-makers, teaches participants about planning processes, current coastal development patterns and trends, and alternatives to conventional patterns of growth and development. It provides them with examples and strategies to implement alternative development principles in their own coastal communities.

This course is available by request to be taught at your organization.

Additional information on the Coastal Community Planning and Development Training Course can be found at

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A three-hour hands-on introduction to CanVis a visualization program used to simulate potential impacts from coastal development or sea level rise. The workshop includes a basic introduction to visualization concepts and options, hands-on exercises, and a discussion of potential applications.

Trainings are regularly scheduled for virtual workshops and are all free of charge.

Additional information on the CanVis Workshop can be found at