Kelly Klima is associate program director of the Acquisition and Development Program (ADP) for the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC) and a research engineer at the RAND Corporation. She has over ten years of experience in quantitative and qualitative decision analysis for risk reduction. She is also an affiliate faculty member at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
Recent work has focused on urban adaptation to reduce natural hazard risks. This includes theory and applications of (1) hazard and vulnerability assessments of hazards, and (2) behavioral and economic decisionmaking leading to plausible hazard mitigation and emergency management solutions. Klima's research work supports community resilience for extreme heat and flooding throughout the world, and has been applied in the City of Pittsburgh, City of St. Paul, counties in New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Other areas of expertise include decisionmaking under uncertainty, energy and the environment, and vulnerable populations.
Klima has published several journal articles and served on the American Geophysical Union (AGU) board of directors and the steering committee for the National Adaptation Forum. She also serves as an adjunct assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University and a summer associate mentor. She holds a CFM from the Association of State Floodplain Managers and a CCEA from the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association. She received her Ph.D. in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University.
Diogo Prosdocimi, Kelly Klima, "Health Effects of Heat Vulnerability in Rio de Janeiro: A Validation Model for Policy Applications," SN Applied Sciences, 2, 2020
Kelly Klima, Lobna El Gammal, Weilong David Kong, Diogo Prosdocimi, "Creating a Water Risk Index to Improve Community Resilience," IBM Journal of Research and Development, 64(1/2), 2019
Terry Allen, Emily Wells, Kelly Klima, "Culture and Cognition: Understanding Public Perceptions of Risk and (In)Action," IBM Journal of Research and Development, 64(1/2), 2019
Dreyer, P.; Jones, T.; Klima, K.; Oberholtzer, J.; Strong, A.; Welburn, J.; Winkelman, Z., Estimating the Global Cost of Cyber Risk: Methodology and Examples, RAND (RR-2299), 2018
Pozzi, M.; Memerzadeh, M.; Klima, "Hidden-model processes for adaptive management under uncertain climate change," Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 23(4), 2017
Meghan Doherty, Kelly Klima, Jessica J Hellmann, "Climate change in the urban environment: Advancing, measuring and achieving resiliency," Environmental Science & Policy, 66, 2016
Bradford, K.; Abrahams, L.; Hegglin, M.; Klima, K, "A Heat Vulnerability Index and Adaptation Solutions for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania," Environmental Science & Technology, 66, 2015
Kelly Klima, Jay. Apt, "Geographic smoothing of solar PV: results from Gujarat," Environmental Research Letters, 10(10), 2015