Water and Climate Resilience Center

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The RAND Water and Climate Resilience Center, or WCRC, addresses one of the most significant policy challenges of our time: changing how we plan, build, and organize our societal systems to become more resilient to the unavoidable impacts of climate change. This growing need is particularly relevant for water resources management, an area that includes freshwater supply, water quality assurance, flood risk management, and coastal planning. Water is a key area of concern when considering climate impacts, and one in which these impacts are already being felt from warming in recent decades.

RAND’s WCRC conducts policy research and develops innovative tools to support decisionmakers at all levels of government as they confront challenges presented by climate change. RAND is uniquely suited to bring together cross-disciplinary research teams to identify emerging water and climate resilience challenges, apply innovative methods to tackle problems from multiple perspectives and address uncertainty that is often ignored, and recommend solutions that are effective and enduring.

Water & Climate Resilience Projects

RAND has a long history of conducting research on policy and planning challenges related to water and global climate change. RAND's growing body of work focuses on the following topics:

  • Water Resources Planning

    WCRC works directly with water planners from utilities and agencies across the United States to help them address climate change and other long-term challenges in their planning.

  • Coastal Resilience

    WCRC conducts research and works directly with coastal cities and communities in the United States and across the globe to help them prepare for the growing threat from climate change and coastal disasters.

  • Community Resilience

    RAND has implemented and evaluated community resilience-building activities worldwide. WCRC focuses on areas where water risks — such as flooding or drought — pose particular problems.

  • Flood Risk Management

    WCRC conducts research to support decisionmaking and planning to better manage and reduce the impacts of flooding on individuals and communities.

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