Welcome to the Penn State Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk

Rear Adm. David W. Titley, Director

Rear Adm. David W. Titley

VISION: Create the knowledge, training and solutions to enable the optimal outcome for every decision where weather and climate matter.

MISSION: CSWCR’s Mission is to leverage and integrate the capabilities of the University, in particular those found in Meteorology, Engineering, Statistics, e-Education and Communications, along with external partners, to advance the science of exploiting environmental opportunities and understanding environmental impacts to manage risk.  CSWCR will achieve this mission by focusing its efforts in four areas:

• User-inspired research:  Identify and conduct research in areas that will advance the decision support process for specific industries and organizations.

• Communications:  Train students and professionals how to convey environmental risk, impacts, opportunities, and solutions clearly, succinctly, and in a way understood unambiguously by the end user.

• Education:  Leverage and expand existing e-education programs in Weather Risk Management. Educate and train future providers and users how to think about environmental impacts and how to identify optimal solution sets.

• Services:  Prototype and develop new methods and products to quantify and exploit environmental opportunities and reduce risks.

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Upcoming Events


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Featured News

Dr. David Titley testifies before Senate Subcommittee

Rear Adm. Dr. David Titley was called to testify before the Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness chaired by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas).  Here are a sampling of news stories and videos from the hearing:

Preview of the hearing from E&E News (December 7, 2015)
Summary of the hearing plus a short video from Mother Jones (December 8, 2015)
Summary of the hearing from Science (December 9, 2015)
Summary from ArsTechnica (December 9, 2015)
David Titley’s interview on “The Takeaway” about the hearing and climate change (December 11, 2015)

David Titley’s talk at Temple University Law School: “Climate Change and National Security: People, not Polar Bears”

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David Titley article in The Conversation: A carbon tax in waiting


David Titley talk at Westminster College in Missouri on Climate and Security:

Watch a recent talk by retired Read Admiral David Titley on climate and security issues on C-SPAN.

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CNAS Releases Policy Brief “Arctic 2015 and Beyond: A Strategy for U.S. Leadership in the High North”


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Op-Ed: Did we learn from Hurricane Sandy?

One year ago, Hurricane Sandy slammed into the New York and New Jersey coasts. This destruction reawakened our leaders to the vulnerability of our coastal communities and brought home the dangers of climate change. But have we learned the right lessons?

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Does Our Military Know Something We Don’t About Global Warming?

As Rear Admiral David Titley, former Oceanographer of the Navy, stated in a 2013 testimony to Congress, “I tell people, this is cutting-edge 19th-Century science that we’re now refining.”

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Hurricane Sandy Spawns Storm of Climate Research

Oct. 29, 2014 – “Maybe 10 years ago I would’ve asked how do I layer my power infrastructure data over my transportation data over my population and then put a hurricane on top,” said David Titley, a retired Navy Rear Admiral. “Now what people are looking for is the nonlinear relationships between those dynamic systems so when I put a hurricane on top of this, I can better understand the cascading failures.”



DOD: Climate Change Is A Volatile Factor In International Security (NPR Interview)

Oct. 19, 2014 – The Department of Defense says climate change is an “immediate risk” to the nation. Adm. David Titley talks with NPR’s Rachel Martin about how the military must respond.

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How Businesses Can Beat the Weather

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“Climate Change War” is not a metaphor

Apr. 18, 2014 – The U.S. military is preparing for conflict, retired Navy Rear Adm. David Titley says in an interview with Slate Magazine. Read More … 

large ship stuck in sea ice“U.S. Military Pressed to Act on Climate Change”

In a new report, a group of retired military officers urge the U.S. military to better prepare for challenges and conflicts related to climate change.  Read the full story by Julian E. Barnes, The Wall Street Journal