Climate change is all about readiness for Navy

Tuesday - 11/15/2011, 10:08am EST

Rear Adm. David Titley, director, Navy Task Force Climate Change

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A Navy ship is underway in every time zone, 24 hours a day. That's why the Navy has always been interested in weather and climate. They both have a big impact on Naval operations and planning. Now the Navy is committed to better understanding climate change.

"What our task force is here to do is really to understand what the impacts of climate change, especially in the arctic, will have on Navy's operations, said Rear Adm. David Titley, Navy oceanographer and director of task force climate change. "We look at climate change simply as changing geography, and we work on, above and under the water and the ocean every day, so we need to understand as that environment is changing, how that will impact our naval operations. So, really it's all about readiness for us."

He spoke to Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris on Tuesday about what climate means for his task force and Navy operations in general.