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NGA, Arizona State University to study climate change, anticipatory analytics with $20 million research grant

SPRINGFIELD, Va. — The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency recently awarded Arizona State University a $20 million, multi-year research grant to launch a partnership to explore approaches for anticipating and mitigating national security risks associated with climate change. The competitive award is worth $4 million per year, with an option to renew for four more years.

“Our partnership with Arizona State University is a prime example of the intelligence community working with academia to address strategic global issues and create capabilities that benefit everyone,” said NGA director Letitia A. Long.

The cooperative relationship will advance research and creative thinking in the context of assessing global climate risks to water security. It also will accelerate NGA’s significant efforts to advance the discipline of Activity-Based Intelligence, which requires anticipating complex behaviors by observing and interpreting cascading events and interdependent effects and activities.

The NGA Academic Research Program is focused on innovative, far-reaching basic and applied research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics having the potential to advance the geospatial intelligence, or GEOINT, mission. Research also supports the National System for Geospatial Intelligence, which is the combination of technology, systems and organizations that gather, produce, distribute and consume geospatial data and information.