David W. Titley, former leader of the U.S. Navy’s Task Force on Climate change, will present “The Evolving Understanding of Climate Risk: The Challenge That Won’t Go Away” on Oct. 30.
Titley, the latest guest in the President’s Lecture Series, will speak in the Ted Constant Convocation Center at 7:30 p.m. in conjunction with the international conference “Transatlantic Solutions to Sea Level Rise Adaptation: Moving Beyond the Threat.” The event is free and open to the public.This is the only public event associated with Old Dominion University’s “Access EU” sea level rise conference, which runs Oct. 30–31, that brings together European and American experts to cultivate a community of practitioners actively engaged in finding solutions for at-risk communities.Titley has spoken on the importance of climate change in regard to national security at numerous venues and universities across the country, including a TEDx talk, which can be found on Youtube. He has also presented information on behalf of the Department of Defense at congressional hearing and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change meetings.Titley earned a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Penn State and a master’s and doctorate in meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School. He was elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, in 2009.Titley rose to the rank of rear admiral in his 32 years as a naval officer, a career that included duties as oceanographer and navigator of the Navy and deputy assistant chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance. After retiring from the Navy, he served as deputy undersecretary of commerce for operations, the chief operating officers position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.By Derek PageEditor in Chief