Immediate Release

DOD Announces Installation Climate Exposure Assessments Plan Through the Defense Climate Assessment Tool

April 22, 2021

In conjunction with President Biden's Leaders Summit on Climate, today the Defense Department announced a plan to complete climate exposure assessments on all major U.S. installations within 12 months and all major OCONUS installations within 24 months using the Defense Climate Assessment Tool. 

The DCAT helps to identify the climate hazards to which DOD installations are most exposed, a critical first step in addressing the potential physical harm, security impacts, and degradation in readiness resulting from global climate change. On a broader scale, DOD has offered to work with other U.S. government departments and foreign governments on replicating and expanding the DCAT for mutually beneficial purposes.

The tool provides climate hazard exposure data for an almost 1,400 DOD sites across the world, part of DOD's response to Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. 

Further information on the DCAT is available here.  

An in-depth report providing an unclassified overview of the data and trends represented within the DCAT is available here.