AGU strongly represented on new Climate Security Roundtable

The panel of experts will provide support to the Climate Security Advisory Council in anticipating and addressing climate-related threats to U.S. national security

3 May 2022

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WASHINGTON — AGU President Susan Lozier and five additional AGU members have been appointed to the Climate Security Roundtable, a panel of experts convened from academia, the private sector, and civil society by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine at the direction of Congress.

The Climate Security Roundtable will provide support to the Climate Security Advisory Council (CSAC), a joint partnership between the U.S. intelligence community and the federal science community to better understand and anticipate the ways climate change affects U.S. national security interests.  The panel will support CSAC’s goal of anticipating, preparing, and ultimately preventing climate security crises from escalating into national security challenges and threats.

AGU members Ana P. Barros, Scott C. Doney, Kristie L. Ebi, Vernon R. Morris, and Karen C. Seto will join Lozier on the roundtable. Barros and Doney are AGU Fellows; Morris serves on AGU’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. These exceptional members of AGU’s global community will serve a three-year term on the roundtable.

“I am honored to aid our nation’s preparedness for the impact of climate change on national security and look forward to working with colleagues from across the country in this capacity,” says Lozier.

Lozier has been serving as AGU President since January 2021 and is the Dean of the College of Sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology and the Betsy Middleton and John Clark Sutherland Chair.

Her research in physical oceanography has furthered our understanding of climate-driven processes. Lozier is the international lead for the Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program (OSNAP) observing system. OSNAP uses data from moored instruments, satellites, ocean gliders, and floats to provide estimates of the ocean’s velocity, temperature and salinity fields.

Three years ago, Lozier and her team surfaced a major unexpected driver of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC): overturning of the warm, salty, shallow waters between Greenland and Scotland. Those findings will improve global climate models that are used in assessments by the International Panel on Climate Change.

Among her many accolades, she was named an AGU Fellow in 2014 and received the AGU Ambassador Award in 2016 for leadership in the ocean sciences. Earlier this year, Lozier was awarded the Henry Stommel Research Medal, the highest honor given by the American Meteorological Society to an oceanographer.

“We are proud to see our AGU community rising to the challenges we will all be facing due to our changing climate,” said Randy Fiser, Executive Director and CEO of AGU.

“Our science is critical to the understanding of issues from individual health to national security,” said Fiser. “AGU’s leaders in the global scientific community will make sure that evidence-based solutions are brought to today’s most pressing challenges.”


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