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.

In the News

Arctic ice“Battle stations for an ice-free Arctic”

June 2, 2014 – The summer seas around the North Pole could be ice-free in 15 years. Rear Admiral David Titley was given the task of working out what that meant for the US Navy. He talks with Elizabeth Finkel.  Read the full story in COSMOS.


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


“Climate Change War” is not a metaphor

The U.S. military is preparing for conflict, retired Navy Rear Adm. David Titley says in an interview with Slate Magazine.

Story by Eric Holthaus, Slate Magazine

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just completed a series of landmark reports that chronicle an update to the current state of consensus science on climate change. In a sentence, here’s what they found: On our current path, climate change could pose an irreversible, existential risk to civilization as we know it—but we can still fix it if we decide to work together.

But in addition to the call for cooperation, the reports also shared an alarming new trend: Climate change is already destabilizing nations and leading to wars.

 Read the full story on slate.com


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