Welcome to the Penn State Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk
VISION: Create the knowledge, training and solutions to enable the optimal outcome for every decision where weather and climate matter.
MISSION: CSWCR’s Mission is to leverage and integrate the capabilities of the University, in particular those found in Meteorology, Engineering, Statistics, e-Education and Communications, along with external partners, to advance the science of exploiting environmental opportunities and understanding environmental impacts to manage risk. CSWCR will achieve this mission by focusing its efforts in four areas:
• User-inspired research: Identify and conduct research in areas that will advance the decision support process for specific industries and organizations.
• Communications: Train students and professionals how to convey environmental risk, impacts, opportunities, and solutions clearly, succinctly, and in a way understood unambiguously by the end user.
• Education: Leverage and expand existing e-education programs in Weather Risk Management. Educate and train future providers and users how to think about environmental impacts and how to identify optimal solution sets.
• Services: Prototype and develop new methods and products to quantify and exploit environmental opportunities and reduce risks.
ThinkProgress profiles CSWCR Director David Titley and the capstone course he teaches in Weather Risk Management. Weather and climate can both affect many sectors in the business world from retail to energy and insurance.
Senior Meteorology students in the Weather Risk option try their hand at weather-based futures trading with industry analysts in the capstone course METEO 460: Weather Risk and Financial Markets. CSWCR Director David Titley is teaching the course in Spring 2016.
David Titley was on The Weather Channel’s “Wx Geeks” show with Dr. Marshall Shepherd to talk about the recent National Academy of Sciences report on extreme weather attribution to climate change.
Rear Adm. Dr. David Titley was called to testify before the Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness chaired by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Here are a sampling of news stories and videos from the hearing:
Preview of the hearing from E&E News (December 7, 2015)
Summary of the hearing plus a short video from Mother Jones (December 8, 2015)
Summary of the hearing from Science (December 9, 2015)
Summary from ArsTechnica (December 9, 2015)
David Titley’s interview on “The Takeaway” about the hearing and climate change (December 11, 2015)