About the RAND Water & Climate Resilience Center

Flood relief worker in Montenegro

Flood relief worker in Montenegro

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Communities in the United States and across the globe are challenged to develop long-term plans to improve their resilience to natural disasters and other climate-influenced threats. These plans also often seek to increase ecosystem function and sustainability, improve water quality, and meet other key goals.

The planning challenge is growing as the impacts of climate change emerge, exacerbated by rising sea levels, droughts and extreme heat, changes in precipitation and storm patterns, population growth and land use changes, and other uncertain drivers. As coastal communities in Louisiana and New York have learned after Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, for example, effective planning means working across traditional jurisdictional boundaries, with diverse entities working together to resolve key tradeoffs and identify consensus, implementable solutions.

The RAND Water and Climate Resilience Center, or WCRC, seeks to improve adaption and resilience decisionmaking by applying innovative methods and a multidisciplinary, systems-based approach. WCRC supports better decisions and planning by combining objective policy analysis with state-of-the-art planning support. WCRC research projects provide unique value-added to decision makers, including:

  • Cross-disciplinary research teams that bring together expertise across a wide range of resilience planning goals
  • Innovative methods to improve decisionmaking under uncertainty
  • Data-driven, interactive decision analysis designed to support participatory planning

For more information, please contact us at wcrc@rand.org.