The U.S. Navy, Weather and Climate

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd , 10:57 PM GMT on February 09, 2017

Think about the U.S. Navy for a moment. These brave men and women protect our freedoms and national security at all times. I have many family and close friends that have served our country on behalf of all of us, and I am thankful daily.

It is why I beamed with pride several years ago when I was asked to serve our country on a panel dealing with national security. The National Academy of Sciences was asked by the U.S. Navy to convene a panel of scientific experts to explore the implications of climate change on their operations and national security. It was in that moment that I realized that our nation's top admirals don't plan for hoaxes. As I got to interact with the Navy's leadership, I realized that their focus was squarely on the safety of our nation and every citizen. They weren't driven by what political party was in power or what the "words du jour" were. They simply cared about getting to the best set of information to inform their mission.

The report (it can be downloaded here) produced a wide-ranging set of insights related to the changing Arctic, acceleration or amplification of threats around the world because of climate and weather extremes, humanitarian response after disasters, and even anti-submarine warfare.

Another aspect of the report was related to sea level rise. Think about where most Navy facilities and infrastructure are: at or below sea level. A recent NOAA report continues to highlight the increasing threat of sea level rise on our coastal regions. The U.S. Navy is already experience "sunny day" flooding in some of its key base areas like Norfolk, Virginia.

This week on Weather Geeks I sit down with Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, USN Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. He is also the Oceanographer and Navigator of the NAVY. We have a very candid discussion of his mission, the role of science in modern warfare and how the changing climate is already impacting the Navy.

The show is devoid of the political rancor, opinions, and innuendo. Colleagues like Admiral Gallaudet don't have time for that stuff. It may surprise you what keeps the Admiral's attention on these topics and that is why we are grateful to bring you some of those insights on the show.

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