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Climate Security

Addressing the National Security and Global Challenges of Climate Change

Climate change is reshaping nearly every aspect of life on our planet, with significant implications for national security. Making climate-informed decisions, adapting our forces to a climate-changed world, and contributing to our nation’s climate goals are among the many challenges that require bold innovations to maintain national preeminence in this uncertain future.

APL is bringing all of its core competencies to bear on this critical challenge area, assembling top experts from a variety of scientific fields and partners from across the Johns Hopkins enterprise, industry, and government to explore strategic opportunities to make the greatest impact on climate change.

Mission Impact Areas

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Ocean and Coastal Operations Impacts

Maintain naval supremacy

  • Enable Arctic sensing and operations
  • Ensure naval base integrity and resilience
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Land Force Deployment Impacts

Combat ready forces

  • Assure resilient and sustainable operations
  • Enable robust, self-sufficient, and responsive expeditionary forces
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Atmospheric Impacts

Ensure air-based superiority

  • Ensure communications and sensing in new environmental conditions
  • Anticipate and understand effects of geoengineering
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Geopolitical Impacts

Anticipate emerging threats to national security

  • Inform international policy and monitor global adherence
  • Develop measures and models of climate-driven instability
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Environmental and Health Impacts

Protect the homeland, national health, and the environment

  • Ensure security and resilience of domestic infrastructure
  • Mitigate increased health threats from extreme conditions

Rising oceans are a threat to communities globally. Warming oceans are a major driver of climate change—and a sweet spot for autonomous, AI-enabled platforms. Between uncrewed vehicles, network sensors, and deep-learning algorithms, robots and AI hold promise to revolutionize our understanding of the global climate. Can AI help mitigate the worst impacts of climate change-related crises? How can AI be leveraged to prevent future climate crises? What are some of the best-case scenarios we can credibly imagine, and how can we work toward making those scenarios into reality?


Partnership Opportunities and Additional Resources

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Andrew Merkle

Research and Exploratory Development

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Marisa Hughes

Environmental Resilience

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Bobby Armiger

Exploratory Science

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