What role does technology play in addressing the security risks of climate security?

Advanced satellite technologies play a vital role in monitoring and forecasting changes in the climate and attendant impacts on for example, ocean acidification for food security, groundwater depletion, comprehensive forecasting for extreme weather events. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (i.e. drones) can help collect information for disaster response and recovery efforts. Additive manufacturing or 3D printing, could allow militaries and humanitarian organizations provide relief after natural disasters the capacity to print temporary structures and rapidly produce on the ground replacement parts and tools. Social media, and crowd-sourced data, can help democratize responses to, and monitoring of, climate change risks. Advanced energy technologies can help militaries be better war-fighters, while simultaneously reducing emissions.

Devoting resources to the development of technologies that will help address the security implications of climate change is a critical component to a comprehensive risk management strategy.

Read more:

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