Energy and Environment


RAND energy and environmental analyses examine the implications of existing and proposed energy policies on the environment. Building on a long history of policy research, RAND helps balance the need for environmental protections and economic development.

  • Aerial view of the Coronado Bridge, which connects San Diego and Coronado, at dusk, photo by Art Wager/Getty Images


    Infrastructure Design Must Change with Climate

    Aug 12, 2016

    Until recently, infrastructure engineers could use data on past weather to predict future climate. But this is no longer an option. More and more, engineers must consider the effects of climate change. Failure to do so would threaten public safety.

  • The Glen Canyon Dam in northern Arizona was built to provide hydroelectricity and flow regulation from the upper Colorado River Basin to the lower, photo by LPETTET/Getty Images


    Using High-Performance Computing to Support Water Resource Planning

    Aug 25, 2016

    Researchers from RAND and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory used high-performance computer simulations to stress-test several water management strategies over many plausible future scenarios in near real time.

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