Is climate change a national security threat? It’s a matter of opinion that is over-politicized like so much today. But if you think military, economic, health, food, energy, and water security are vital, then we can show how our climate shapes future environments and affects national security.
Sensing technology and the environmental observations they take provide the data fuel that powers weather prediction. More quality observations are needed across land, sea, and air to more accurately predict everything from the weather tomorrow to high-impact events like Hurricane Ian for instance.
Flooding, storm surge, temperature and wind loads on buildings, air quality along transportation corridors, environmental impacts to communications infrastructure, and so much more have trillions of dollars of impacts every year on the built environment.
Mike Gremillion and Dr. Kate Brauman are leading the Univ. of Alabama's Global Water Security Center to make water data, both domestically and internationally, more available and especially more accessible for governments, industry, and communities to make more informed water management decisions.
Human population has exploded since the shift to agrarian societies 12,000 years ago with agriculture improving food availability. Short- and long-range weather predictions aid the agriculture industry, and climate change may cause us to rethink how and where we get and grow our food in the future.