We help the people who make decisions that impact coastal and estuarine environments become coastal leaders. Our work is tailored to meet the needs of these “decision-makers,” including resource and land managers, business owners, land developers, policy makers, regulators, citizens, and scientists.












We offer professional development opportunities for people who want to expand their skills, build knowledge, and increase their ability to make decisions that mitigate the impact of human activities on local environments.

All of our trainings, workshops, field experiences, and demonstrations are designed to encourage the exchange of transdisciplinary science, expertise, and experiences. They typically focus on guiding industrial and commercial activities, natural infrastructure solutions, socio-economic change, managing visitor use, ecological functions, and ecosystem connectivity.

These opportunities explore many topics, each grounded in Reserve research and monitoring and focused on issues of concern for our communities, including water quality, harmful algal blooms, invasive species, ocean acidification, coastal erosion and shoreline change, extreme weather, flooding, glacier and habitat loss, freshwater resources, and climate mitigation and adaptation.

We also support the sharing of long-term, monitoring data to understand drivers of change in habitat quality, biodiversity, and the ecology of species of local importance, including groundfish, anadromous fish, shellfish, migratory shorebirds and waterfowl, and marine mammals.

Upcoming trainings

The Kachemak Bay Science Conference (March 17-20, 2024) will offer diverse skill building trainings and collaborative workshop opportunities. Learn more and register here.

Past trainings

Event content and frequency is driven by community needs and covers a wide variety of topics. For links to resources developed and used in recent training, see Decision Support Tools Index below. The top 10 training topics requested: 

  • Coastal resilience
  • Habitat restoration
  • Water quality
  • Stormwater management
  • Land use
  • Working waterfronts
  • Coastal development

NOAA’s Digital Coast

The Coastal Training Program is a host for in-person NOAA’s Digital Coast trainings and technical assistance that share data and information relevant to our coastal communities and Alaska. We encourage you to explore Digital Coast resources that may be relevant to your work and contact us to schedule a training to meet your needs

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Technical Assistance

We also provide targeted support for decision-makers and communities, and our staff is equipped to advise and lead on a range of activities. We are conveners who connect local, regional and statewide committees and workgroups to stakeholders. We help contextualize place-based research in decision-making through public outreach and education, sustainable design and development, suitability mapping, and planning for climate change. The top 10 technical assistance services requested:

  • Facilitation
  • Surveys and evaluation design
  • Strategic planning
  • Community engagement planning
  • Collaborative research and process design
  • Workshop design
  • Needs assessments
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Collaborative Learning

We bring decision-makers of all kinds together to inform and enhance the sustainable management of Alaska’s coastal ecosystems, particularly in Kachemak Bay and the Kenai Peninsula. Our partners include policy makers, resource and land managers, businesses, community stakeholders, and scientists from different disciplines and scales, including local, tribal, borough, state, and federal entities. 

A primary focus of this work is understanding the needs and strengths of communities and decision-makers. We cultivate this through consistent engagement with communities, knowledge co-production, and integration of values and needs in our work. The communities we engage come in many shapes and sizes, including those adjacent to reserves, watershed planning commissions, national communities of practice, and Tribal and Indigenous groups whose ancestral homelands are within or surrounding the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve’s boundaries. We are committed to…

  • Working alongside communities to better understand information needs, priorities and community knowledge;
  • Prioritizing the accessible exchange and understanding of scientific, management, and community information;
  • Facilitating community dialogues to ensure respectful and culturally sensitive engagement that explores local needs, priorities, strengths, and visions for the future;
  • Leading or support collaborative research processes to ensure scientific research elevates the expertise and experiences of communities as equal partners in projects;
  • Conducting applied social science research;
  • Supporting the development of decision-support tools and learning products.

Decision Support Tools

Fisheries Business Self AssessmentResilience; Marine Economy; Climate ChangeJob AidAlaska Fisheries Resilience Index
Climate Resilience Workshop ProceedingsClimate Change; Resilience; Collaborative WorkshopWorkshop ProceedingsKachemak Bay and Kenai Peninsula Climate Resilience Workshop Proceedings
Reserve Education and Training Market Analysis and Needs AssessmentLearning Services; Needs AssessmentPublicationLearning Services Market Analysis & Coastal Science and Information Needs Assessment

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Want to bring top-notch science services to your decision-making table? Contact our coastal training program to meet the specific needs of your organization or community.

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