David G. Groves

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Adjunct Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.S. in atmospheric sciences, University of Washington; M.S. in earth systems, Stanford University; B.S. in geological and environmental sciences, Stanford University

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David Groves is an adjunct professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He was formerly a founding codirector of the RAND Climate Resilience Center and codirector of the RAND Center on Decision Making Under Uncertainty. He is a key developer of new methods for decisionmaking under deep uncertainty, and works directly with organizations worldwide to improve their planning for the uncertain future. He focuses on climate adaptation issues facing water resources and coastal planning agencies. He is also working with development banks to ensure that decarbonization plans in developing countries account for critical uncerainties.

Groves has worked with major water agencies throughout the United States, including the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, California Department of Water Resources, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and Denver Water, helping them to address climate variability and change in their planning. He works domestically and internationally, most recently in Argentina, Peru, Mexico, and China.

Groves also works on coastal sustainability issues, most notably in the San Francisco Bay Delta, South Florida, and Coastal Louisiana. For example, he led the RAND team that developed the planning framework and decision support tool used to formulate Louisiana’s 50-year, $50 billion Coastal Master Plan. 

In 2009, he received RAND's Gold Medal Award for his work on water resources planning. In 2012, he received RAND's President's Choice Award for his work helping develop Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan. 

Groves received his Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Previous Positions

Codirector, RAND Climate Resilience Center (2015-2020)

Recent Projects

  • Benefits and Costs of Decarbonizing Costa Rica's Economy
  • Developing a planning framework and decision support tool for Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan
  • Developing a Robust Water Management Strategy for Monterrey, Mexico
  • San Francisco Bay Area Delta Levee Strategy Risk Analysis and Decision Support Tool
  • Evaluating South Florida's climate vulnerability and adaptation opportunities

Honors & Awards

  • President's Choice Award, RAND Corporation
  • Gold Medal Award, RAND Corporation
  • Silver Medal Award, RAND Corporation