David G. Groves

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Codirector, RAND Water and Climate Resilience Center; Senior Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.S. in atmospheric sciences, University of Washington; M.S. in earth systems, Stanford University; B.S. in geological and environmental sciences, Stanford University

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David Groves is codirector of the RAND Water and Climate Resilience Center, a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He specializes in improving the long-term planning and decisionmaking of natural resource planning agencies through the application of exploratory modeling and robust decisionmaking methods.

Groves has worked with water agencies throughout the United States, including the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, California Department of Water Resources, and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, helping them to address climate change in their long-term plans. He leads a RAND team that developed the planning framework and decision support tool for the Louisiana Coastal Protection Restoration Authority's recent 50-year, $50 billion, Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast.

In 2007, he received RAND's Silver Medal Award for his work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering, helping to improve the treatment of risk and uncertainty in their long-term planning studies. In 2009, he received RAND's Gold Medal Award for his work on water resources planning. In 2012, he received RAND's President's Choice Award for his work helping develop Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan.

Groves received his Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Recent Projects

  • Developing a planning framework and decision support tool for Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority's Coastal Master Plan
  • Evaluating future risks of climate change and adaptation options for the Colorado River as part of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Colorado River Basin Study
  • Evaluating climate change impacts and water management responses for the California Department of Water Resources' 2009 and 2013 California Water Plan
  • Evaluating the robustness of Metropolitan Water District's Integrated Resources Plan to climate change and other future uncertainties


  • The coastline in the Miraflores district of Lima, Peru

    Ensuring Robust Water Management Strategies in Lima-Callão, Peru

    Water resource agencies around the world are grappling with how to make smart investments to ensure long-term water reliability at a time of unprecedented water stress, growing demands, uncertain climate change, and limited budgets.

    Nov 16, 2015 The Water Blog

  • Navajo Bridge over Colorado River

    New Colorado River Basin Study Examines Tremendous Challenges of the Coming 50 Years

    Growing water needs combined with uncertain but possibly deteriorating future hydrologic conditions could stress the Colorado River system in the coming 50 years.

    Dec 18, 2012

  • Morris Canal Park in New York City with portions flooded by Sandy's storm surge, at high tide.

    What Louisiana Can Teach New York and New Jersey

    The massive damage and disruption caused by “Super Storm” Sandy has created a rare moment when New York City, New Jersey and surrounding areas are singularly focused on the infrastructure they need in a changing environment – not just the infrastructure they already have thanks to the vision and investments of past generations.

    Nov 8, 2012 CNN

  • Aerial photos of New Jersey coastline in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

    In Wake of Hurricane Sandy, Look to Louisiana for Lessons

    Just as public agencies across the country conducted terrorism risk assessments in the wake of 9/11, a comprehensive infrastructure assessment may be in order to understand natural hazard risks and the potential exacerbating effects of climate change, write Gary Cecchine, David Groves, and Jordan Fischbach.

    Nov 1, 2012 RAND.org

  • Bringing Sustainability to the Louisiana Coast

    Policy Researcher David Groves describes RAND's role in helping to develop a plan to guide Louisiana's coastal investments, help its coastal citizens plan for the future, and create a sustainable coast.

    Jun 7, 2012