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02 September 2015

CCAPS Work Helps Shed Light on Climate Change and Security

The work of the Strauss Center’s Climate Change and Political Stability Program (CCAPS) program was featured in a recent Trajectory Magazine article on the relationship between climate change and national security. In the article, "A Signal From the Noise," author Melanie Kaplan argues that geospatial intelligence should be utilized to better understand the security implications of climate change and points to CCAPS work as an example of how this can be done.

Kaplan argues geospatial factors, like the intersection of climate change impacts and vulnerable populations, presents a challenge for policymakers.  According to Kaplan, CCAPS is helping develop the tools that can help policymakers address this challenge. Since 2014, the CCAPS program has been building data visualization and mapping capabilities to develop a picture of what climate change vulnerability looks like and where the impacts of climate change will be felt most acutely. This, according Kaplan, is exactly the type of information and tools the policy and intelligence community is looking for—the ability to visualize and map data on climate change vulnerability, conflict, and aid.

The article also highlights additional Strauss Center efforts to develop tools to map and explore the nexus of energy, climate change, and security. Strauss Center Associate Director Ashley Moran said the goal of these projects is to create tools policymakers can use to gauge risk and experiment with different intervention strategies.

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