Climate Change & National Security: People not Polar Bears

Tue, Jul 8, 7:00 pm
Museum of the Rockies Bozeman
Speaker Name: 
Rear Admiral (ret.) David Titley

Join Rear Admiral (ret.) and Professor of Meteorology David Titley as he visits Montana. Titley is an expert in the field of climate, the Arctic and national security. He served as a naval officer for 32 years, rising to the rank of rear admiral. Titley’s naval career included postings as commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Navy oceanographer and navigator and deputy assistant chief of naval operations for information dominance. While serving in the Pentagon, Titley initiated and led the Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change. After retiring from the Navy in 2012, Titley served as deputy undersecretary of commerce for operations and the chief operating officer position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  

Titley will provide an insider's view of how the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Navy's climate policy and budget have evolved over the years to address climate change. The talk will conclude with his assessment of future challenges regarding climate change, from science, policy, and political perspectives, and why he believes enough is known to take significant action now, even if not every detail about the future is known.

Co-sponsors of the free public lecture include: MSU’s Department of Political Science, Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, the Montana Institute on Ecosystems, MSU Leadership Institute, College of Letters and Science, College of Education, Health and Human Development, College of Agriculture and the MSU Campus Sustainability Advisory Council.

Paul Lachapelle, (406) 994-3620,


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