APA Digital Coast Needs Assessment Survey

Needs: Training


The total data are summarized below. Click on a region for specific regional data:

TABLE 6a.

Interest in Web-Based Training on Coastal and Marine Planning Issues (Question #16)b

TRAINING Very High High Neutral Low Very Low NAa TOTAL
# % # % # % # % # % # % # %
Assessing GIS for your Organization (assists organizations in understanding components needed for GIS) 136 20 130 19 137 20 76 11 117 17 91 13 687 100
CanVis (intro to CanVis software, a visualization tool in planning, policy-making, and communication) 128 19 189 28 136 20 78 11 74 11 82 12 687 100
Coastal Inundation Mapping (info on coastal inundation issues & teaches spatial techniques to map inundation) 117 17 153 22 134 20 82 12 99 14 102 15 687 100
Conservation Data Documentation (guide to document conservation geospatial information in GIS) 104 15 156 23 185 27 94 14 65 9 83 12 687 100
GIS Tools for Strategic Conservation Planning (green infrastructure, natural resource conservation, resilience) 164 24 191 28 152 22 61 9 56 8 63 9 687 100
GIS for Managers (provides an overview of the basic principles and functionality of ArcGIS) 152 22 160 23 148 22 73 11 80 12 74 11 687 100
Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience (teaches green infrastructure concepts for resilience) 152 22 154 22 160 23 75 11 67 10 79 11 687 100
Habitat Priority Planner (provides knowledge and skills for  Habitat Priority Planner, ArcGIS extension) 141 21 170 25 151 22 92 13 63 9 70 10 687 100
Introduction to Coastal GIS (fundamentals of ArcGIS software, within a coastal management context) 135 20 143 21 158 23 81 12 88 13 82 12 687 100
N-SPECT (provides knowledge and skills to use Non-Point Source Pollution & Erosion Comparison Tool) 121 18 154 22 164 24 81 12 72 10 95 14 687 100
Remote Sensing for Spatial Analysts (remote sensing technologies and image analysis techniques) 98 14 142 21 176 26 90 13 91 13 90 13 687 100
Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk (community assmt, plan for risk/vulnerability, adaptn strategies) 150 22 153 22 137 20 82 12 72 10 93 14 687 100

a. Not Applicable

b. Responses to Question #17 (What other web-based training on coastal and marine planning issues would interest you?) are provided at the end of this page.


Table 6a lists 12 web-based trainings on coastal and marine planning issues for which respondents were asked to rate their interest. The six trainings (two tied for #5) with the highest percentage of very high or high interest ratings from respondents are:

  • GIS Tools for Strategic Conservation Planning (52%);
  • CanVis (47%);
  • Habitat Priority Planner (46%);
  • GIS for Managers (45%);
  • Introduction to Green Infrastructure (44%); and
  • Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk (44%).

The six trainings (two tied for #5) with the highest percentage of low or very low interest ratings from respondents are:

  • Assessing GIS for Your Organization (28%);
  • Coastal Inundation Mapping (26%);
  • Remote Sensing for Spatial Analysts (26%);
  • Introduction to Coastal GIS (25%); and
  • Conservation Data Documentation (23%);
  • GIS for Managers (23% each).

The five trainings with the highest percentage of respondents rating the training as "Not Applicable" are:

  • Coastal Inundation Mapping (15%);
  • N-SPECT (14%);
  • Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk (14%);
  • Assessing GIS for Your Organization (13%);
  • Remote Sensing for Spatial Analysts (13%).

Table 6b. Top Six Ranked by % of Respondents Citing High or Very High Importance

  1. GIS Tools for Strategic Conservation Planning (52%)
  2. CanVis (47%)
  3. Habitat Priority Planner (46%)
  4. GIS for Managers (45%)          
  5. Introduction to Green Infrastructure (44%)
  6. Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk (44%)

What other web-based training on coastal and marine planning issues would interest you? (Question #17 — 47 free responses)

  • TRAINING
    • Adding time series data to create more sophisticated models.
    • Planning for prevention of and recovery from oil spills.
    • low cost ArcView software
    • Planning for wetland impacts due to sea-level rise Strategies for "living shorelines" as opposed to hard shore modifications What role local governments can play in protecting T and E species, particularly marine species
    • Network analysis tool to indicate transportation disruptions due to flooding. Also EVACUATION ROUTING under verious network disruptions...this has already happened in Chestertown during Hurricane Floyd. Subsequent evacuation routes from Rock Hall through Chestertown go right to where the road was closed (Radcliffe Creek crossing...Md. Rt. 20)...duhhhh.
    • Infrastructure vs marine shorelines - ferries, roads, bridges and railroads
    • Putting risk into dollars, and showing that on a map along with the infrastructure/buildings/population that are or could be affected(may be part of the "Roadmap for Adapting...").
    • tidal and off-shore wind resource mapping
    • waterport transportation modeling
    • risk and vulnerability assessments.
    • port, marine assessments
    • Risk assessment of the impact of project sea level rise on the vulnerability of coastal bridges/culverts to coastal storm damage
    • managing high risk erosion and critical dunes areas
    • creating GIS maps for public meetings using existing data
    • Basic training on how to use a hand held GPS unit to log in points in the field and then produce a map of where those points are.
    • Honestly, we are seeing a lot of attrition on the state level. I think CSC should provide some basics GIS online training. Providing a short-course on developing a marine spatial plan could also be helpful.
    • Training on making the connection between what protection measures are desired and what legally can be required from private property owners without compensation.
    • Habitat change is major concern.
  • NOT APPLICABLE (3)
  • NOT SURE/DO NOT KNOW (2)
  • NONE/INCLUDED ABOVE (14)
  • NON-TOPICAL COMMENTARY
    • would like to see much of this in a free webcast format so that it is affordable and accessible.
    • Response same as for prior question.
    • BTW I don't know what LIDAR is
    • web-based training is rubbish
    • Again, staff time and costs as well as other priorites are the largest impediments to using the existing training that is available. We are so short staffed that taking time off for training, even if we have the money, is very difficult.
    • See prior answer. I do not need to do my own technical research and analysis, since I use reports and data generated by engineers and environmental scientists.
    • We currently do not have a lot of funding and would take advantage of whatever is offered. If not the Planning Dept then others would be interested.
    • Ensuring that the federal government is involved (various federal agencies).
    • Did this survey based on a previous job. My current job does not involve any coastal planning (no coasts).
    • I hope your survey takes into account that "novices" like me may not know what we need to know.