04 September 2023

Council on Strategic Risks: Military Responses to Climate Hazards (MiRCH) Tracker

The Center for Climate and Security (CCS) has recently begun a project in tracking Military Responses to Climate Hazards (MiRCH). It seeks to catalogue and map out military deployments by tracking their date, location, the actors involved, and circumstance of their deployment. The map currently displays deployments from June 2022 to the 1st of August 2023


The image above displays the MiRCH dataset














The image above displays the MiRCH map and current registered deployments. © Council on Strategic Risks


Scope and Definitions

This project tracks the deployment of military and paramilitary personnel and equipment in response to natural hazards exacerbated by climate change, worldwide. 

This includes all hazard types that climate change is known to make more likely or intense--such as heatwaves, flooding, drought, extreme precipitation, and storms and hurricanes--even if a scientific study has not yet quantified the role of climate change in a particular incident. Natural disasters largely unrelated to climate change, such as earthquakes or volcanoes, are excluded. Entries include direct deployment of military forces, the use of other armed paramilitaries, and the lending of military personnel or equipment to civil authorities, but does not include purely civilian disaster response.

Similarly, military deployments in response to challenges indirectly contributed to by climate change (such as migration or civil unrest) are not included, nor are deployments related to energy security or the energy transition. 


The map can be viewed in its entirety using the link here