President's Lecture Series


David W. Titley: "The Evolving Understanding of Climate Risk: The Challenge that Won't Go Away"


David W. Titley

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Ted Constant Convocation Center

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President's Lecture Series; international conference "Transatlantic Solutions to Sea Level Rise Adaptation: Moving Beyond the Threat"


David W. Titley, who led the U.S. Navy's Task Force on Climate Change, holds a bachelor's degree in meteorology from Penn State, also earned a master's and doctorate in meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School. In 2009, he was elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Titley served as a naval officer for 32 years, rising to the rank of rear admiral. HIs career included duties as oceanographer and navigator of the Navy and deputy assistant chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance. While serving at the Pentagon, he initiated and led the Navy's Task Force on Climate Change. After retiring from the Navy, he served as the deputy undersecretary of commerce for operations, the chief operating officer position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Titley is currently director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at the Pennsylvania State University.


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