Peter Boice is the Deputy Director, Natural Resources (Installations and Environment) at the Department of Defense.
Through the Legacy Resource Management Program and Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, the Department of Defense (DOD) is implementing several strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change impacts.
Several of these efforts are highlighted in a newly created animation video that describes a handful of DOD-funded projects that address climate change impacts on DOD installations. The video introduces climate change and features projects on sea level rise and threatened and endangered species, as well as an overview of DOD’s conservation funding programs.
Both the animation and the fact sheet are designed to engage natural resource managers, civilians living near DOD installations, non-DOD stakeholders, and the public to demonstrate one way in which DOD is working to meet its strategic vision, as articulated in the 2010 QDR.
From increasing human and wildlife disease to rising sea levels to regional drought and flooding, climate change is having, and will continue to have, significant repercussions for the military both at home and abroad. On the natural resources front, the DOD Natural Resources Conservation Program is working to address issues such as threats to endangered species, the spread of invasive species, and the loss of coastal areas.