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.

  • Third Annual Workshop on Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty

    The third annual Workshop on Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty will be held in Delft, the Netherlands. The theme of this year's workshop is "From Theory to Practice – Implementing Deep Uncertainty Methods and Tools." It will focus on exchanging views between researchers and practitioners, among different fields of interest, and among researchers.

  • Enhancing the Climate Resilience of Africa's Infrastructure

    Working with the World Bank, RAND researchers used robust decision methods to provide the first continent-wide evaluation of the potential effects of climate change on such investments. They also examined the potential impacts of climate change on five specific hydropower and irrigation projects.

  • RDMlab Innovates in Development of Robust Decision Sciences

    A collaboration among RAND, the Pardee RAND Graduate School, Evolving Logic, and network partners, RDMlab promotes the development and use of Robust Decision Making (RDM) methods for policy and decisionmaking.

  • The Effect of Near-Term Policy Choices on Long-Term Greenhouse Gas Transformation Pathways

    Nov 23, 2015

    To successfully limit climate change, greenhouse gas mitigation policies should encourage reductions that will continue for decades. Accordingly, analysis of a new model shows that near-term regulatory architecture choices can affect long-term decarbonization rates.

  • A New Open-Source Framework for Environmental Systems Planning

    Nov 6, 2015

    Many-objective robust decision making (MORDM), also called OpenMORDM, is a framework to support bottom-up environmental systems planning. This study demonstrates the OpenMORDM framework, which uses both software and Web-based data visualization, in a challenging environmental management test case termed the "lake problem."

  • Decision-making Under Deep Uncertainty Helps Address Water Security in Lima

    Oct 5, 2015

    The World Bank used decision-making under deep uncertainty to help water utility company SEDAPAL revise its master plan for drought-ridden Lima, Peru. A study led by RAND's Nidhi Kalra explores implementation of this plan.

  • Managing Water Quality in the Face of Uncertainty

    Sep 9, 2015

    A pilot study for the Environmental Protection Agency's National Water Program determined that the EPA and its partners can better manage future uncertainty by employing iterative risk management processes and adopting watershed implementation plans that are robust and flexible.

  • Kalra Presents at California Climate Change Symposium

    Aug 25, 2015

    Nidhi Kalra participated in a panel on Future Climate Impacts and Adaptation Options for Natural and Managed Ecosystems, with a presentation on "Climate considerations, adaptation, and prioritizing state-funded levee investments in the Delta," at the 2015 California Climate Change Symposium in Sacramento.

  • Climate Targets: Values and Uncertainty

    Aug 11, 2015

    Policymakers know that the risks associated with climate change mean they need to cut greenhouse-gas emissions. But uncertainty surrounding the likelihood of different scenarios makes choosing specific policies difficult.

  • Lempert Convenes Session on Scenarios at Paris Climate Change Conference

    Jul 10, 2015

    At the 2015 International Scientific Conference "Our Common Future Under Climate Change," Robert Lempert led a session entitled Scenarios, Public Deliberation and Decisions. The session featured scenario-development experts from five countries, and Lempert himself gave a talk on "Scenarios Emergent!"