Michelle E. Miro

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Ph.D. in water resources engineering, UCLA; M.S. in water resources engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; B.A. in humanities, University of Texas at Austin


Michelle E. Miro is an engineer at the RAND Corporation with expertise in water resources policy and management, climate resilience planning, remote sensing, geospatial analysis, and machine learning.

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 also works on hurricane recovery in the United States Virgin Islands.

She is a co-investigator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Mid-Atlantic Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (MARISA) program, where she leads coastal resilience and stormwater management research, and serves as a co-investigator on a National Academy of Science coastal resilience grant focused on flood risk and climate resilience for communities in the Gulf of Mexico.

Miro has carried out and co-led projects that apply methods for decision making under deep uncertainty (DMDU) to water resources agencies and utilities in Southern California and South America. Her portfolio of work also includes projects on groundwater management in urban and agricultural regions, quantifying sustainable yield under California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, downscaling remote sensing datasets from NASA's GRACE satellite, collaborative climate planning in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, and transboundary water management between India and Pakistan.

Miro has a Ph.D. 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.

Recent Projects

  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (MARISA)
  • Identifying Vulnerabilities in San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District's (SBVMWD) Water Supply Plans
  • Puerto Rico Recovery Plan
  • Climate Vulnerabilities in Water Master Plans in Mendoza, Argentina
  • Developing Future Projected Intensity Duration Frequency (IDF) Curves for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Selected Publications

Miro, Michelle E., Krista Romita Grocholski, Debra Knopman, Jordan R. Fischbach, Sara Schwetschenau, and Kyle D. Haak, Chesapeake Bay Model Inventory and Selection Tool (MIST), RAND Corporation (TL-326-NOAA), 2021

Preston, Benjamin Lee, Michelle E. Miro, Paul Brenner, Christopher K. Gilmore, John F. Raffensperger, Jaime Madrigano, Alexandra Huttinger, Michael Blackhurst, and David Catt, Beyond Recovery: Transforming Puerto Rico's Water Sector in the Wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, RAND Corporation (RR-2608-DHS), 2020

Miro, M., Marlier, M. and R. Girven, Transboundary Environmental Stressors on India-Pakistan Relations, RAND Corporation (RR-2715), 2019

Miro, Michelle E., David G. Groves, David Catt, and Benjamin M. Miller, Estimating Future Water Demand for San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, RAND Corporation (WR-1288-SBVMWD), 2018

Miro, M., Best, K., Kaynar, N., Kirpes, R. and A. Najera Chesler , "Approaches to analyzing the vulnerability of community water systems to groundwater contamination in Los Angeles County," Research in Mathematics and Public Policy, 2020 (forthcoming)

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

Groves, D., Miro, M., Syme, J., Becerra-Ornelas, A., Molina-Pérez, E., Saavedra, V, Vogt-Schilb, A., Planificación de infraestructura hídrica para el futuro incierto en América Latina: un enfoque eficiente en costos y tiempo para tomar decisiones robustas de infraestructura, con un estudio de caso en Mendoza, Argentina, Inter-American Development Bank, 2021