Miriam Elizabeth Marlier

Associate Physical Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


PhD in earth and environmental sciences, Columbia University; BS in atmospheric, oceanic, and environmental sciences, UCLA

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Miriam Marlier is an associate physical scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research interests include using remote sensing data and quantitative modeling techniques to understand interactions between environmental change, natural resources, and public health. 

Some of her recent projects include modeling the impact of fire emissions on air quality, producing a global survey of surface freshwater resources with remote sensing data, and estimating physical climate drivers of fire activity. Marlier earned her Ph.D. in earth and environmental sciences from Columbia University and did postdoctoral research at Columbia University and UCLA. She is also an adjunct assistant professor at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

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  • Five glasses of water, with dirty water in the center, photo by hdere/Getty Images

    How to Ensure Quality Drinking Water Service for All? One Option Is Fewer Utilities.

    California's Human Right to Water Bill declares that “every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes.” One clear barrier to reaching this target is the sheer number of small water utilities that pose service sustainability and public health risks to their customers.

    Mar 26, 2019 The RAND Blog

  • Department of Water and Power employees assess the damage from a broken 30-inch water main on Sunset Boulevard, next to the UCLA campus in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, July 30, 2014, photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

    Lessening Leakages: How Water Systems Can Learn From Smart Electric Grids

    As drought and population growth place increasing pressure on water supply, the need to save and efficiently manage Southern California's water resources becomes increasingly critical. A single information and communication technology platform could go a long way toward moving water utilities from reactive to proactive maintenance practices.

    Mar 22, 2019 The RAND Blog

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    Increasing Groundwater Reliance in L.A. County Means Dealing with Extensive Contamination

    As the Los Angeles region increases its reliance on groundwater sources to become more resilient in the face of drought and to reduce demand for imported water sources, advances in the information available on groundwater quality and contamination could help community water systems avoid health hazards and better ensure a safe drinking water supply.

    Mar 12, 2019 The RAND Blog