Navy Releases Roadmap for Global Climate Change

Story Number: NNS100524-01Release Date: 5/24/2010 12:33:00 PM
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By Bob Freeman, Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, released an overarching roadmap on May 21 that will guide Navy policy, strategy and investment plans related to a changing global climate.

Entitled the U.S. Navy Climate Change Roadmap, this guidance was developed by the Navy's Task Force Climate Change, a matrixed organization that includes representatives from various naval staff and program offices and the operational fleet, with the close collaboration of the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"We must ensure our Navy is fully mission-capable and ready to meet national requirements in the future. That responsibility includes anticipating the impact of changing climatic conditions on mission requirements, force structure and infrastructure," explained Rear Adm. Dave Titley, director of Task Force Climate Change and Oceanographer of the Navy.

The Climate Change Roadmap is intended to be a companion document to the Navy Arctic Roadmap, released in November 2009. While the Arctic Roadmap serves to promote maritime security and naval readiness in a changing Arctic, the new Climate Change Roadmap examines the broader issues of global climate change impacts on Navy missions and capabilities.

"We issued the Arctic Roadmap first because that is where the most significant evidence of climate change is occurring," Titley remarked, "but the Arctic is not a vacuum. The changes that are occurring there, from both an environmental and political standpoint, reflect changes that will occur in the rest of the world."

The roadmap lays out a chronological approach divided into three phases.

Phase 1, focusing on near-term goals, includes defining the requirements for improved operational and climatic prediction capabilities through cooperative efforts within the U.S. government and scientific and academic communities.

Phase 1 also calls for inclusion of climate change impacts on national security in Naval War College coursework and in strategic "table top" exercises.

Phase 2, which is targeted for fiscal years 2011 and 2012, identifies as a priority the development of recommendations for Navy investments to meet climate change challenges. These challenges include protecting coastal installations vulnerable to rising sea levels and water resource challenges and being prepared to respond to regions of the world destabilized by changing climatic conditions.

Phase 2 also calls for the formalization of the cooperative relationships defined in Phase 1, and targets incorporation of climate change considerations in strategic guidance documents and fleet training and planning.

Phase 3, looking out through fiscal year 2014, addresses the execution of investment decisions and the initiation of intergovernmental, multilateral and bilateral activities with various partners to better assess and predict climate change, and respond to the military impacts of climate change.

"Climate change will affect the type, scope, and location of future Navy missions, so it's essential that naval force structure and infrastructure are delivered at the right time and at the right cost," Titley explained. "That will depend upon a rigorous assessment of future requirements and capabilities, and an understanding of the timing, severity, and impact of the changing climate, based on the best available science," he added.

The Roadmap, which incorporates guidance from national maritime and defense strategies, will be updated to reflect future guidance after the next Quadrennial Defense Review.

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6/18/2010 8:40:00 AM
I applaud the Navy for taking action to identify how climate change can affect it's ability to meet it's mission requirements. When you look at the billions invested into naval defense infrastructure, from a risk management standpoint it makes complete sense to spend money, perform this study, and inform our Navy's leadership how ready the US Navy is to cope with the threat of climate change. Russ ('03) London

6/15/2010 12:32:00 PM
Denier or sceptic? There is a difference. I am sceptical of a global warming concern that has morphed from basically a natural phenomen into a worldwide crisis due to mankind's dependance on fossil fuels. Two examples: I've read scientific reports saying the ICC skewed their data to support their agenda; and the book, 1491, reportes some 800 Chinese vessels mapping the world for commercial use, and the ships from Antactica reporting green foliage. I hope our Navy doesn't spend much on the study.

6/15/2010 9:45:00 AM
We see the climate change up here in New Hampshire, much shorter ski season, temperatures much more like about 70 miles to the south. My question is this, where is the link to the "Roadmap" as I would like to read it before commenting further.

5/27/2010 11:34:00 AM
I live very close to Naval Station Norfolk, VA and have had the opportunity to witness firsthand the damage that climate change is already causing to our security infrastructure. Sea level rise has already impacted the naval base at Norfolk and caused millions of dollars of damages which drain our tax dollars and almost certainly take money and resources away from naval missions. Climate change IS a present security threat to the our forces' ability to sustain their missions.

5/26/2010 8:12:00 PM
I am a "denier," I suppose. I received my PhD (in Meteorology) from the Naval Postgraduate School

5/26/2010 11:38:00 AM
You can't respond to a situation until a situation has been created. Hilarious. So, I guess you wait for it to rain before buying an umbrella? wait for car to run out of gas before you refill the tank? wait for retirement before saving for it? ... As for the typical climate change denier nonsense, please tell me where you got your PhDs from? Also, provide the titles of reports and articles you have read or counter articles you have written. Otherwise, you are just flapping your gums.

5/25/2010 8:39:00 PM
You can't respond to a situation until a situation has been created. So far climate change is barely measureable and has had zero impact on DoD missions. Time and money they spend on theoretical problems could be better utilized on the warfighter.

5/25/2010 9:37:00 AM
Whether or not you believe in climate change, the fact remains that environmental risks are (and always have been) tied to security risks in the form of natural disasters, humanitarian crises, the exacerbation of tensions over natural resources, etc. I applaud the Navy for taking steps to protect our country and preparing for the range of possible threats posed by climate change. Such actions are necessary to ensure we are a step ahead of our enemies and able to cope with any and all challenge

5/25/2010 9:36:00 AM
I have to agree with Andrew, as I have never seen anything so foolish. A citizen observing the Navy performing such will jump to all the wrong conclusions on what our mission is. Again, if the senior Admirals dont chime in on this, the Navy will change to a degree that we will not be proficcent at what we do best. They cannot be bobble heads to this Secatary or CIC, and it seems like I hear no complaints coming from their direction. You have been put there to do exactly that. Whats going on?

5/25/2010 12:03:00 AM
I hate to say it but it looks like the Admiral is setting himself up for his next job at NOAA. All this climate change (oh wait is it Global Warming or Global Cooling this week) is based on junk science. The Navy needs to focus on war fighting and leave the political correctness to the so called experts at NOAA. Thanks.

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erographer's Mate 2nd Class Elizabeth Clements prepares to release a weather balloon from the fantail of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
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