Michelle Miro is an associate engineer with expertise in water resources policy and management, climate resilience planning, remote sensing, geospatial analysis and machine learning. She is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
She co-led the development of Puerto Rico’s water sector recovery plan, including a strategic review of and recommendations for drinking water, wastewater, stormwater and flood control infrastructure projects, system operations and long-term planning.
She has carried out and co-led projects on collaborative climate planning in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, transboundary water management between India and Pakistan, water utility finance and financial management in the United States, extreme precipitation impacts and planning in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, and water demand planning with the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District.
Her research has utilized observations from NASA’s GRACE satellite system and machine learning methods to better estimate local-scale groundwater availability and inform regional water management decisions in California's Central Valley. She also developed a novel method for quantifying sustainable yield under California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
Miro has a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.A. in Humanities from the University of Texas at Austin.
Miro, M., Groves, D., Catt, D. and B. Miller, Estimating Future Water Demand for San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, RAND Corporation (WR-1288-SBVMWD), 2018
Miro, M. and J. Famiglietti , "Downscaling GRACE remote sensing datasets to high-resolution groundwater maps of California’s Central Valley," Remote Sensing, 10(143), 2018
Miro, M. and J. Famiglietti , "A framework for quantifying sustainable yield under California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)," Journal of Sustainable Water Resources Management, 2018
"Sustainable Water Resources Management in China: Critical Issues and Opportunities for Policy Reforms," in Cai, X. and Miro, M., Oxford Companion to Economics of China., Oxford University Press, 2014
McCollester, M., Miro, M., and K. Van Abel, Building Resilience Together: Strengthening National Security in a Changing Climate, RAND Corporation (RR-), 2019 (forthcoming)
Miro, M., Marlier, M. and R. Girven , Transboundary Environmental Stressors on India-Pakistan Relations, RAND Corporation (RR-), 2019 (forthcoming)