Admiral David W Titley

Affiliation and Title: Director Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, Professor of Practice in Meteorology & Professor of International Affairs.

Title of Presentation: Climate Change and National Security:  People not Polar Bears

ABSTRACT:

This talk will discuss why climate change is a national security issue.  Climate change is about people, about water, and about change itself.  I will cover some of the basic science and why mainstream climate scientists are very confident of their findings, how this challenge is being addressed, and what are the greatest challenges to national security that arise from climate change.  I will conclude with an assessment of future challenges and opportunities regarding climate change, from science, policy, and political perspectives.  In addition, this talk will address how to effectively talk about climate change through the use of analogies, plain, non-jargon English, and even a little humor.

BIOGRAPHY:

David Titley is a Professor of Practice in Meteorology and a Professor of International Affairs at the Pennsylvania State University.  He is the founding director of Penn State’s Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk. After graduating from Penn State, Titley served as a naval officer for 32 years and rose to the rank of Rear Admiral.  Dr. Titley’s career included duties as commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, and Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy.  While serving in the Pentagon, Dr. Titley initiated and led the U.S. Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change.  After retiring from the Navy, Dr. Titley served as the Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Operations, the chief operating officer position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

In 2017 Dr. Titley gave a TED talk on Climate Change and National Security that has been viewed over 1 million times. He serves on numerous climate and security related advisory boards and National Academy of Science committees and has chaired three National Academy of Science reports.  He received an honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society