Dr. Jeffrey Marqusee to be a panelist at the Defense National Security & Climate Change Symposium in Washington DC

This year’s program will address preparedness and resilience and the national security implications of climate change

Dr. Jeffrey Marqusee, Chief Scientist for Enterprise Engineering and Environment, Noblis Inc., will be a panelist for “Assessing Sea Level Rise Vulnerabilities to Installations and Critical Infrastructure” at the 3rd Annual Defense, National Security & Climate Change Symposium in Washington, DC on December 11 and 12.

Dr. Marqusee is a nationally known expert in environmental science and technology. He brings over 20 years of government leadership in research, technology development, and policy aimed at making the Department of Defense (DoD) a more sustainable, effective organization. His expertise spans areas such as environmental management issues, climate adaptation, sustainable buildings, and energy-related issues for built infrastructure with a focus on innovations to improve DoD’s environmental performance, reduce costs, and enhance mission capabilities.

The symposium, sponsored by the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), will focus on the growing efforts of the U.S. defense, intelligence, and national security communities to assess and respond to climate change.  The symposium brings together key players from the Armed Services, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and industry. The program will address operational and installation energy considerations and greenhouse gas reduction activities throughout the DoD as well as preparedness and resilience and the national security implications of climate change. These topics are particularly important due to the recent publication of President Obama's Executive Order, Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change, as well as the suite of federal agency adaptation plans and recommendations arising from the findings of the Hurricane Sandy Task Force.

Dr. Marqusee believes the symposium is critical and its timing is ideal. “Now that the new Executive Order has been issued, planning will really move forward,” said Dr. Marqusee. “We should be moving from broad plans, to actionable planning, to actually making federal facilities more resilient in the future.”  The key message that Dr. Marqusee wants attendees to take away from his panel is that “You must not let uncertainty paralyze you; you must use that uncertainty in a productive way.”

Dr. Marqusee and fellow panelist David Titley, Director, Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, Penn State University, recently co-authored an editorial titled, “Have we learned from Hurricane Sandy? Lessons from military planning."

Jeffrey Marqusee

Dr. Marqusee is a nationally known expert in environmental science and technology.
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