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.
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.