Episode 6: Readying the Royal Navy for Climate Change-Affected Seas

How is the UK’s Senior Service both adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change for future operations in the naval domain?

Hosts Dr Sarah Ashbridge and Lieutenant Colonel Alistair Beard are joined by Rear Admiral Paul Beattie, Director Naval Staff within the Royal Navy, to explore what he describes as the biggest change management programme facing defence.

They discuss how climate change is informing the Royal Navy’s approach to concepts such as ship design, fuel and procurement, and how existing capabilities are being futureproofed for retrofitting of emerging green technologies. How are operational requirements likely to change? Will this include an increased demand for disaster relief?

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Dr Sarah Ashbridge

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Lieutenant Colonel Alistair Beard

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