Graduate Certificate in Climate Adaptation and Risk Management
The Climate Adaptation and Risk Management (CARMA) Online Graduate Certificate is a unique, interdisciplinary program that addresses the global climate change crisis. Unlike other programs in the market, CARMA focuses on adaptation, risk management, and innovative solutions with an emphasis on natural resources. It meets the critical need for high-quality training in climate change response strategies.
The Climate Adaptation and Risk Management (CARMA) Graduate Certificate is a comprehensive online program designed to equip graduate students and professionals with advanced skills and knowledge in addressing the challenges of climate change. The program focuses on climate adaptation strategies and managing natural resources for climate resilience. Spanning 10-13 credits, this certificate offers a cutting-edge curriculum that prepares individuals to navigate diverse ownerships, economic sectors, ecosystems, and spatiotemporal scales.
CARMA provides students with a solid scientific foundation, practical tools, and contemporary methodologies to identify, evaluate, and implement climate-adaptive management and community engagement strategies. With a strong emphasis on environmental justice and risk management, graduates will gain the expertise to make informed decisions based on current scientific information, integrate ethics and social equity into policymaking, effectively communicate vulnerability assessments, and engage in proactive risk-scenario planning.
The program consists of four core courses, totaling 9 credits, which form the foundation of knowledge. Additionally, students can customize their learning experience by selecting department-approved elective courses (ranging from 1-4 credits) that align with their specific interests and career goals. This flexibility ensures a tailored educational journey for each student.
With CARMA, you’ll gain the necessary expertise to address the urgent and complex challenges posed by climate change. Stand out as a leader in your field, equipped with the skills to implement sustainable and equitable climate adaptation strategies.
Andrea Baudoin Farah
Prior to her work at CSU, Farah spent time as a postdoctoral scholar working with NatCap on ecosystem services and scenarios in the Llanos de Moxos region in Beni, Bolivia. She is particularly interested in exploring ways to better integrate indigenous perceptions into assessments of ecosystem services. Andrea obtained her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Ecology at the University of Florida, where she studied the relations between indigenous conceptions of autonomy and natural resource governance in the Bolivian Amazon. She holds an M.Sc in Agricultural Development and Compared Agriculture from AgroParisTech, France; a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia; and a double B.Sc in Agronomic Engineering from AgroParisTech and the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Dr. Sarah Walker’s work is based on the idea that understanding human well-being is critical for designing environmental solutions that work for both people and nature. Her research and teaching centers on the belief that environmental solutions should prioritize social justice in both process and outcome. Broadly, Sarah conducts environmental social science – exploring and measuring the human well-being impacts of various environmental problems and interventions. Much of her work is focused on equitable climate adaptation, rural livelihoods and changing environments, and the health and well-being effects of nature immersion.
Professor Denning received his B.A. in Geological Sciences from the University of Maine in 1984, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University in 1993 and 1994. He studied radiometric geochronology, surface water geochemistry, and mountain hydrology before becoming interested in global climate and biogeochemical dynamics. After a two-year postdoctoral appointment modeling global sources and sinks of atmospheric CO2, he spent two years as an Assistant Professor in the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He joined the Atmospheric Science faculty at CSU in 1998 and has served as Director of Education for CMMAP since 2006.
Dr. Rothfeder is an assistant professor in CSU’s Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department. Rothfeder has a diverse interdisciplinary background, including undergraduate degrees in Environmental Science and Environmental Economics from the University of California-Berkeley, along with a Master’s in Environmental Humanities and a Ph.D. in Ecological Planning from the University of Utah.