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.

  • 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.

  • IPCC Authors Use Games for Scenario Planning

    Jan 9, 2014

    Pardee Center partners conducted "Decisions for the Decade," a game based on robust decision making concepts, with leaders of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

  • Analytica Enables Ho Chi Minh City RDM Analysis

    Dec 20, 2013

    RAND’s Analytica model allowed the team 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.

  • Using RDM Strategies for the California Water Plan Update

    Nov 1, 2013

    This report describes a proof-of-concept analysis using Robust Decision Making to evaluate water resource management response packages for California's Central Valley under future uncertainty for the California Water Plan Update 2013.

  • Lempert Speaks at Conference on Protecting Critical Infrastructure in Urban Areas

    Nov 1, 2013

    "Managing the Risk of Catastrophes," the topic of Robert Lempert's presentation at the New York Federal Reserve Bank's conference on protecting critical urban infrastructure, described the benefits of RDM methods and presented RAND's work with Louisiana and the Port of Los Angeles.

  • Improving Scenario Discovery Using Orthogonal Rotations

    Nov 1, 2013

    Scenario discovery offers a new means to characterize and communicate the information in computer simulation models under conditions of deep uncertainty.

  • Using Scenario Elicitation Methodology to Map Possible Future Challenges to Mitigation and Adaptation

    Oct 29, 2013

    A new set of scenarios, referred to as Shared Socio-economic Pathways (SSPs), examines challenges to mitigation and challenges to adaptation. Developing SSPs with a "backwards" approach could help inform the development of SSPs to ensure the storylines focus on the driving forces most relevant to distinguishing between the SSPs.