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Erwin Villiger

Erwin Villiger

Adjunct Lecturer


Erwin Villiger is a Principal in Data Science and Climate Risk with the Logistics Management Institute (LMI) where he applies advanced analytics to National Security problems. Working with LMI and the LMI Research Institute (LRI), Dr. Villiger is developing innovative techniques for quantifying climate risk and the impacts of global warming. He previously spent ten years with ISciences LLC. providing advanced analytics to the Federal Government and commercial and non-government organizations. Engaged in assessments of the national security implications of climate change including water scarcity analysis and modeling, extreme weather trend analysis, vulnerability and risk assessment, and technological solutions for monitoring treaty compliance.

Dr. Villiger has worked at the intersection of National Security and Environment for over 25 years, starting as an Energy Infrastructure Analyst for the federal government. In the late 1990’s he moved into the private sector where he served as the Director, Center for National Security and Policy Support for Earth Satellite Corporation in support of Vice President Al Gore’s MEDEA (Measurements of Earth Data for Environmental Analysis) program and the DCI’s Environmental and Societal Issues Center (CIA/DESC).  Throughout the 2000’s Dr. Villiger consulted on a range of projects focused on environmental dimensions of national security issues, including sea-level rise impacts on supply chain, carbon treaty monitoring options, water anomaly modeling and impacts on energy and agricultural sectors, and metric systems for evaluating resilience and adaptation in the face of Climate Change.

Most recently Dr. Villiger has collaborated in two projects applying geospatial tools to key environmental issues related to water, agriculture, energy, and environment. He contributed to the development of ISciences Water Security Indicators Model (WSIM - and an assessment tool for quantifying the spatial extent and quantity of water applied to irrigated agriculture globally, and on an annual basis. Working with the LMI Research Institute he contributed to the development of a tool assessing Climate Risk (hosted by the Climate Service -  and a tool for projecting the impact of warming surface waters on energy production and efficiency for the electricity sector, globally, and for any point in time through the year 2100.

Dr. Villiger is an Adjunct with Johns Hopkins’ (JHU) Energy, Resources and Environment program in the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He has taught professional and academic courses for JHU, George Mason University, the University of Missouri, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he developed an MPS in GIS program, and served as Graduate Program Director until recently. Erwin Villiger’s PhD is in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University where he worked on developing techniques for multisensor integration for improved land-surface characterization. His BA and MS in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences were also accomplished at GMU.