The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) has been granted funding to work on a new research project called ‘Advancing Resilience Theory and Tools to Combat Environmental Surprise’.

The financing was awarded by the US Department of Defense’s (DOD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP).

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SERDP is coordinated in collaboration with the Department of Energy (DoE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), alongside other federal and non-federal organisations.

NPS is a fully accredited masters-level university operated by the US Navy.

The project involves creating a new theory and tools to decrease the impact of future climate events on military operation readiness.

NPS Center Infrastructure Defense and Principal Investigator David Alderson said: “Despite best practices for robust design, military infrastructure remains vulnerable to natural disasters, extreme weather and hybrid attacks.

“The acute impacts of natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, fires and even cold weather pose a constant threat to mission readiness. The events in Texas over the last week demonstrate how something as simple as extended cold can wreak havoc on critical infrastructure systems.”

SERDP will allocate $2.4m for the next four years to NPS to find solutions to overcome the impact of natural disasters and climate change on the battlefront.

The ‘interdisciplinary project’ will involve research conducted by the NPS campus researchers and Arizona State University collaborators.

Alderson added: “The broader DOD community will also benefit as the project team will target experiential learning at military officers and government employees.

“Finally, advances in Dystopia will be made shareable and extensible to enable open-source methods for studying resilience in non-military settings.”

In 2016, NPS researchers worked on the development of a joint ultra-high-speed navy vessel (JUHSV).