The symposium is structured as a series of themed presentations and roundtable discussions to explore the options available to our nation’s maritime forces – those of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard – as they seek to adapt to climate and energy challenges. We’ll examine options for adapting strategy, plans and operations, maritime infrastructure, and research priorities to climate challenges. And, we’ll look at options for adapting aviation and ship operations, expeditionary capabilities, and shore-side facilities and infrastructure to energy challenges.

JHU/APL Kossiakoff Center, Site for Climate and Energy Imperatives 2011

We will draw on expertise from each of our nation’s maritime forces as well as from the broader national security, climate science, and energy communities to explore the options available to US maritime forces as they adapt to climate and energy challenges. By encouraging active participation and networking by the symposium attendees, we intend to create an integrated community dedicated to identifying solutions that better accommodate the changes occurring in global climate and in energy supply and demand.

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is a University Affiliated Research Center that supports various departments and agencies of the Federal Government, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Aeronautics and Atmospheric Administration, among others.

The Global Assimilation of Information for Action (GAIA) is a JHU/APL funded internal research and development effort aimed at developing an extensible framework for identifying and acting on critical challenges in areas likely to be impacted by global climate change – to include public health and national security.

CNA is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) that operates the Center for Naval Analyses and the Institute for Public Research on behalf of Department of the Navy and other U.S. Government departments and agencies.

Navy Task Force Climate Change was established by the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Board on May 15, 2009 to identify the impacts of global climate change on the U.S. Navy.

Navy Task Force Energy was established by the Chief of Naval Operations in December 2009 to raise visibility and awareness of energy as a strategic resource, optimize energy considerations in budgeting and acquisition, and recommend Navy-wide energy conservation, environmental stewardship, and alternative energy strategies.