Newswise — A report released last week by the nonprofit CDP finds that 215 of the world’s largest companies predict they stand to lose $970 billion to climate-change-related disruptions over the next seven years. The same companies said they could make $2 trillion by adapting to climate change risks.

The University at Albany’s Center of Excellence in Atmospheric and Environmental Prediction and Innovation is tapping into 120-plus atmospheric, climate and environmental researchers – the largest concentration in the state – to develop smart weather-based solutions for business partners across many different industries. The Center has already generated $3.31 million in direct financial impact over the last three years.

The following experts from UAlbany’s Center of Excellence are available to speak on the above report:

Chris Thorncroft, Interim Director of the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center

Thorncroft is a nationally recognized leader in tropical weather and climate research. He spearheaded the UAlbany SUNY 2020 weather and climate research strategic plan, and directs the University’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, Center of Excellence in Atmospheric and Environmental Prediction and Innovation and the NYS Mesonet – the most advanced network of weather stations in the nation.

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Jan Woodcock, Executive Director of Weather Innovation

Woodcock joined UAlbany’s Center of Excellence after three years of leading its Blackstone LaunchPad, a multidisciplinary experiential learning program that supports student innovation and entrepreneurship by providing tools for students to turn ideas into viable businesses. Prior to his time at UAlbany, Woodcock most recently served as the global lead at the multinational business solutions corporation Cognizant, where he managed global media accounts.

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Thorncroft and Woodcock are available for phone or live/taped interviews. UAlbany also has an on-campus television studio for satellite interviews.