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2012 Mar 23. The U.S. Navy – Navigating Through a Changing Climate

posted Mar 28, 2012, 9:14 AM by Fiona Potter   [ updated Mar 28, 2012, 2:12 PM ]
| By David Titley and Robert S. Freeman, e-International Relations.  An article relevant to GSS Climate Change chapter 9.  Excerpt: …As a globally-distributed force, the U.S. Navy may be the first military service to fully experience the impacts of climate change.  …Any objective evaluation of the data will verify that the Earth’s climate is changing, a fact the U.S. Navy acknowledges.  …the appropriate approach is to determine the impact of climate change on future naval readiness and ensure we are prepared for the challenges that may confront us in the future. ... the Navy has been observing the changes in the Arctic and considering the ramifications for future operations.   … Thermal expansion of the warming ocean and melting ice sheets and glaciers over land may cause sea levels to rise as high as one meter in some locations by the end of the century[6].  Since the majority of naval facilities are located on the coasts, this could create significant problems for our bases, including the piers and approaches.  Enhanced tides and storm surges could create infrastructure damage and salt water intrusion may compromise water supplies.  Rising sea levels will significantly expand the area of flooding and level of damage of the most routine storms experienced today.… Read the full article: http://www.e-ir.info/2012/03/23/the-u-s-navy-navigating-through-a-changing-climate/