Pardee Center

The RAND Frederick S. Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition was established in 2001 through a generous $5 million pledge from RAND alumnus Frederick S. Pardee. The RAND Pardee Center aims to enhance the overall future quality and condition of human life by aggressively disseminating and applying new methods for long-term policy analysis in a wide variety of policy areas where they are needed most.

The Pardee Center organizes its activities around two main themes: (1) advancing the state-of the-art in conducting long-term policy analysis so organizations can implement better long-range policy; and (2) developing and disseminating approaches that will help make proper stewardship for the future be more commonly practiced.

  • Second Annual Workshop on Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty

    Nov 18, 2014

    This workshop aims to foster a community of practice around decision making under deep uncertainty, in order to improve methods and tools, facilitate their use in practice, and ultimately encourage sound decision making in our rapidly changing world.

  • Developing Key Indicators for Adaptive Water Planning

    Sep 16, 2014

    Current approaches to water planning make it difficult for water agencies to craft flexible and robust plans to guide resource allocation and facilitate discussions with constituents and ratepayers. An innovative effort by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California seeks to address these challenges.

  • New Coal Plant Rules Need Sustained Support to Succeed

    Jun 30, 2014

    Stopping climate change will require the U.S. and the rest of the world to virtually eliminate emissions over the course of the 21st century. Getting anywhere close to zero emissions demands sustained political and public support, driven by an energy production sector given enough incentives.

  • Water Management and Climate Resilience in Pittsburgh: Building a Research Agenda

    Jun 24, 2014

    At this June 2014 event, part of our Conversations at RAND series, a panel of experts discusses ways to strengthen Pittsburgh's water management system, create sustainable solutions to environmental challenges, and better manage long-term uncertainty.

  • Pardee Center Uses Gaming to Convey Concepts for Planning Under Deep Uncertainty

    May 23, 2014

    The Pardee Center is using gaming to help participants engage with the challenges and new approaches for planning under deep uncertainty. The "Decisions for the Decade Game" has been played with participants include RAND staff; the advisory board of RAND Justice, Infrastructure and Environment; and leaders of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

  • RAND Cosponsors Workshop on Climate Science Needed to Support Robust Adaptation Decisions

    Feb 17, 2014

    The RAND Pardee Center recently helped the Grantham Institute and Georgia Tech sponsor a workshop on "Climate Science Needed to Support Robust Adaptation Decisions." The workshop brought together experts from the United Kingdom and the United States, and included participants from industry, government and academia.

  • Analytica Enables Ho Chi Minh City RDM Analysis

    Dec 20, 2013

    RAND’s Analytica model allowed researchers to explore how options, including adaptation, retreat from non-protectable areas and infrastructure investments, could reduce risk over a range of uncertain conditions.

  • How RAND Supported the Development of Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan

    Dec 12, 2013

    To plan the rebuilding of the Louisiana coastline, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority used a new analytic approach, developed in part by RAND, that incorporates results from state-of-the-art predictive models within a decision tool to formulate and compare alternatives and visualize outcomes and trade-offs for policymakers and stakeholders.

  • EPA Webinar Focuses on Use of RDM by Water Utilities

    Dec 4, 2013

    Robert Lempert joined the Climate Ready Water Utilities Webinar Series to share an overview of RAND's Robust Decision Making methods. He addressed the analytic and organizational challenges posed by managing infrastructure risk and outlined how organizations can use RDM to inform flexible and robust plans that manage climate and other uncertainties.

  • UCLA Colloquium Features Discussion of RDM and Climate Policies

    Nov 22, 2013

    At UCLA’s Marschak Colloquium on the Long-Term Political Sustainability of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Policies, Robert Lempert shared how RAND employs new agent-based, game theoretic integrated assessment models within a robust decision making framework to compare how alternative architectures of near-term climate policies influence their long-term evolution.

  • Lempert Participates in Panel Discussion on Climate Change

    Nov 7, 2013

    At a panel discussion for the Regional Council of the Southern California Association of Governments, Robert Lempert summarized the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on scientific evidence for climate change, discussed principles of climate risk management, and presented RAND’s work with the Bureau of Reclamation on its Supply and Demand study for the Colorado River.

  • Simplified RDM Approaches Can Help Local Water Agencies Plan for Climate Change

    Nov 5, 2013

    Robust Decision Making showed El Dorado Irrigation District managers the results of key trade-offs among future strategies and how expectations for future vulnerable conditions can guide decisions to augment their long-term plan.

  • Robust Decision Making Enables Colorado River Planners to Ensure Water Reliability

    Nov 5, 2013

    The Colorado River Basin Study evaluated the river system's resiliency and compared resource management options. The Robust Decision Making methodology helped to identify vulnerabilities and compare portfolios of options.