Earth Month Spotlight: Matthew Swibel, Lockheed Martin

Matthew Swibel

Director, Enterprise Risk and Sustainability,
Lockheed Martin

Climate Resiliency at Every Elevation

From the depths of our oceans to the high reaches of space, Lockheed Martin tech helps observe our climate.

Growing resource constraints and changes to our climate require technologies that strengthen society’s resilience and solutions for addressing impacts. To protect and strengthen global infrastructure, it will take a combination of technologies and instruments that continuously monitor the climate from space.

  • Observations from outer space inform weather forecasting and meteorology research. The most advanced weather satellite, GOES-R, is designed to improve the forecasts of weather, climate, ocean, and environment by providing faster and more detailed data, real-time images of lightning, and advanced monitoring of solar activities and space weather.
  • Aircraft collect valuable data about extreme weather. The Lockheed Martin WC-130 provide vital tropical cyclone forecasting information and is the primary data collector for the National Hurricane Center by collecting high-density, high-accuracy weather data from within the storm’s environment. This helps aid accurate forecasting of tropical cyclone movement and intensity.
  • Land-based instruments take readings for air pressure, temperature and other metrics for computer-based weather prediction models and climate research. Safe airport flight operations also get assistance from the WindTracer light detection and ranging (LIDAR) to measure wind and improve aviation safety and efficiency.
  • Below sea level, oceanographic probes measure currents, salinity and more to gauge patterns during a single season or over a decade.

Data analysis from these instruments enables communications systems to disseminate accurate weather assessments; ensure safe and timely air and sea transportation routes; minimize risk in humanitarian relief missions; and protect maritime navigation efforts.

Mitigation of climate risks yields dividends for preserving human safety. Understanding the broad spectrum of climate impacts also catalyzes global sustainable development.

For a mission-driven company like Lockheed Martin, climate adaptation technologies illustrate the way innovation can protect and strengthen systems, enable global cooperation and serve society’s current and emerging needs.

For more information, read Lockheed Martin’s 2018 Sustainability Report.