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.
Robust decision making (RDM) is an analytic framework that helps identify potential robust strategies, characterize the vulnerabilities of such strategies, and evaluate trade-offs among them. RDM is being used at RAND to to help decisionmakers in areas such as water resources planning, energy, and coastal resilience — areas often plagued with "deep uncertainty," in which stakeholders do not know or agree on the relationships among actions, consequences, and probabilities.